At Southbourne Juniors School, our vision is for children to leave as confident, skilled and resilient mathematicians. Our curriculum has been developed to ensure rich connections across mathematical ideas, other curriculum subjects and maths for everyday life, allowing pupils to develop fluency and reasoning.
We aim for pupils to secure the foundations of number sense and place value first as we know that when these basics are secure, children find learning the rest much easier. Concrete and visual representations are embedded in the curriculum, enabling pupils to learn to calculate with confidence and develop a deep understanding of why maths works. Teachers focus on developing pupils’ understanding of mathematical vocabulary and there is an expectation, starting with our youngest children, to communicate and reflect using the language of maths.
Through creative and practical lessons, children appreciate what it means to be a mathematician; they thrive upon conquering the challenges and puzzles that mathematics brings and are not afraid to make mistakes.
We use the National Curriculum (2014) as the basis for implementing the statutory requirements of the programme of study for mathematics for Key Stage 2.
We follow the White Rose scheme which supports pupils' development of conceptual understanding by using concrete objects, pictorial representations and abstract thinking. Numicon and active maths complement our curriculum.
Every lesson includes the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as number lines, dienes, Numicon, place value counters, number squares, digit cards and base ten apparatus to support their work.
‘Good mathematics is not about how many answers you know...It’s how you behave when you don’t.’ (Anonymous)
'I enjoy maths because we play games and don't just write on a sheet, I have challenged myself to try harder questions to become more confident.' Year 6 mathematician
'I have practised using place value charts to help me to accurately solve a range of problems. All of these lessons have helped me improve in capability of more challenging and harder questions.' Year 4 mathematician.
'It is helpful when we start our lessons with a “Can I remember…”, as it is useful for remembering what we have learnt before.' Year 5 mathematician.
'I like the extra things that we use like multiplication tables, multi-link and dienes, they are really accessible. These help us if we don’t understand.' Year 5 mathematician.