Mathematics at Overleigh St. Mary’s CE Primary School

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Through our implementation of the 2014 National Curriculum for Mathematics we ensure that our children:

·        Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.  including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.

·        Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.

·        Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions – including unfamiliar contexts and real-life scenarios.

We have decided the order in which we will teach our units of work which enables us to plan coverage of the entire National Curriculum but allows us to prioritise the DfE Ready to Progress statements. Teachers consider the needs of their cohort before determining how many weeks they will spend on each topic. The NCETM Teaching for Mastery Assessment questions are built into units of work to enable teachers to effectively assess children’s understanding at a Mastery and Greater Depth level within a unit of work.

At Overleigh, these skills are embedded within Mathematics lessons and developed consistently over time. By ensuring that children secure their fluency skills before moving on to more complex mathematics we develop children’s confidence to tackle a variety of problems either independently or in collaboration with their peers. We place oracy at the heart of our learning through shared work and class discussions. Use of appropriate vocabulary is modelled throughout lessons by both staff and children, allowing everyone to ‘talk like a mathematician’. Once a child can articulate their understanding of a concept, they can truly begin to make connections within their learning. At Overleigh, we build in regular opportunities for our children to reflect and evaluate on the skills that they have used in order for them to take ownership and pride in their work. Cross-curricular, outside and active mathematics is encouraged where it enhances and enriches learning.

We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Mathematics in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. Children enjoy Mathematics and experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically. We develop children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics.

Through our teaching and learning of mathematics, all children have a positive view of the subject; are able to enthusiastically discuss and explain their mathematical learning using key vocabulary; become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics; and can solve problems by applying their mathematics to increasingly complex problems.

The subject leader monitors the progress of mathematics through work scrutiny of mathematics books, listening to pupil voice, observing lessons and discussions with staff.



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Overleigh St. Mary's CE Primary School

Old Wrexham Road


Chester, CH4 7HS

01244 267525

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