Maths at St Christopher’s is taught through a creative and highly-structured approach. Teaching is rooted in the development of all pupils’ conceptual understanding of key elements and progression within the lesson and over time. At St Christopher’s we nurture mathematical independence, allowing time for thinking and encouraging discussion. We use a very wide range of teaching strategies to stimulate all pupils’ active participation in their learning, together with innovative and imaginative resources, including practical activities and, where appropriate, the outdoor environment. Problem solving, discussion and investigation are seen as integral to learning maths.
Maths is taught by the pupil’s class teacher in Nursery to Year 6.
Our Maths curriculum in Nursery and Reception follows the Mathematics guidance in the Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils are encouraged to develop and improve their skills in counting, understand and use numbers, calculate simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, space and measures.
Our Maths curriculum in Years 1 to 6 follows the Maths Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum for England 2014. This ensures that pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Pupils learn to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. Pupils learn to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At St Christopher’s School, all pupils in Reception to Year 6 have a daily 1 hour Maths lesson which focuses on the above skills. Mental calculation strategies are taught as part of this lesson and often as a ten minute ‘warm-up’ at the start.