Maths leaders are Mr Benson and Miss ward


Curriculum Statement of Intent for Mathematics

At Hendal Primary School our intent is for every child to develop a sound understanding of Maths, equipping them with the skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school.

Our curriculum is designed to be accessible to all and will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement. We deliver lessons that are creative and engaging, encouraging pupils to be active wherever possible. We want children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.

We intend for our pupils to understand the clear link between mathematics and other subjects across the curriculum, particularly science. It is vital that they understand that it is essential to everyday life, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. As our pupils progress, we intend for them to be able to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically, have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Problem solving is central and opportunities are given to calculate with confidence. It is important that children understand what they are doing rather than repeating routines. The mastery curriculum for primary schools places problem solving at the heart of mathematics with the main aim that every child can learn to solve sophisticated problems in an unfamiliar context. To enable individuals to achieve this, children must develop their conceptual understanding, mathematical thinking and use of mathematical language. This is where fluency and reasoning join together.

Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on. In this case, children are given timely and effective intervention that may be within the lesson or more formally over a matter of weeks. This should help to close any gaps within the children’s knowledge. By doing this, we endeavour to ensure that children develop an enthusiastic and creative attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives.

As a school we have developed an approach to Mathematics that fosters the school Curriculum Drivers. It is personalised and carefully planned to take into account the ‘Wellbeing and Nurture’ of children, the fundamental ‘Acquisition of Language’, provide ‘Experiential Learning’ to develop enquiring minds, build upon ‘Partnerships’ not only with parents but with Kettlethorpe High School and other local agencies whilst ensuring a ‘Healthy Body and Healthy Mind’ as children develop their Growth Mindset and Resilience.