It is our aim that all pupils leave St Clare’s with the Numeracy skills necessary for them to not only excel in secondary school but be confident and competent in their use of Numeracy in their everyday lives, prepared for adulthood. Not only should our pupils leave us with an excellent understanding of the four operations, as well as a good knowledge of fractions, shapes etc. but they should be able to apply their knowledge to solve a range of problems, and in a variety of contexts. Our use of the White Rose curriculum ensures topics are revisited year on year, allowing us to build on prior knowledge, while our staff’s confidence allows us to deviate from the scheme to provide consolidation or challenge for our pupils as appropriate.
Maths lessons are delivered in a variety of contexts, guided by the White Rose scheme of work, which incorporates challenge for all learners. In the long term, blocks of teaching are planned to activate prior learning with specific content revisited throughout the year as appropriate. In weekly planning, we include opportunities for pupils to use talk in maths lessons and plan activities based around varied fluency, and problem solving and reasoning. We follow the five key areas of Mastery; Mathematical Thinking, Fluency, Variation, Representation and Coherence. Resourcing and staff training are ongoing and adapted to the needs of our staff and pupils. Progress of pupils is closely monitored by staff, with assessments being carried out half-termly. We are working closely with the Archimedes Maths hub to develop best practice and ensure our teaching is in keeping with the latest developments in the subject. All staff show an awareness of pupils in their classes with additional needs, with teaching and planning adapted to cater to allow for all groups of pupils to make good to outstanding progress. Pupil data is recorded termly onto assessment grids, with the pupils being graded using a -, =, +, M scale. For example, a Y2 pupil with average attainment would receive a 2- in Autumn, 2= in Spring and a 2+ in Summer, showing that they have reached age-related expectations. The M grade is reserved for pupils demonstrating Mastery of the subject.