Our Maths Vision
At Manor Park CE First School we are committed to providing all children with a robust and varied Maths curriculum that is rooted in ‘Maths Talk’ and has many opportunities for practical and ‘real life’ Maths experiences as possible.
“The intention of teaching for mastery is to give all children access to equitable classrooms, classrooms where they can all participate and be influential, and classrooms where they are encouraged and supported to develop a deep understanding of the mathematics being explored.”
Jurassic Maths Hub 2019
At Manor Park First School, we have designed a Maths curriculum, based upon mastery, where children behave as mathematicians. We have adopted Chris Quigley’s Essential characteristics of a mathematician and we use the White Rose scheme of work to support this. Our Pre-School and Reception classes are Early Adopters of the new framework and follow Characteristics of Effective Learning. Our children make and explain Maths decisions on a daily basis across the curriculum and opportunities for our school drivers – Community, Initiative and Growth – have been woven into the curriculum design. Our children see mistakes as ‘stepping stones to learning’ and understand that real learning means not getting everything right. Being able to talk Mathematics is of extreme importance and teachers facilitate, model, question and support children to develop their skills of articulating their thinking. At Manor Park CE First School, the children use ‘Maths Sentence Stems’ to explain and justify their mathematical reasoning.
As our Vision Statement states, all members of our school community are “inspired to learn and grow”. Our teachers have recently completed a two-year Teacher Research Project with the NCETM to develop our understanding of Maths pedagogy.
Hannah Oram and Esther Derrien
Updated November 2020