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Queensmead Primary Academy


Summary of Curriculum Intent

'Maths is great fun - it's sometimes a bit tricky when you're working it out but it's brilliant when you get to the answer'

'I'm a Rock Legend on Times Tables Rock Stars! It's really helped me to learn my tables'

Our pupils understand the importance of mathematics, are encouraged to be confident in numeracy and to apply the skills that they learn to simple problem-solving. Mathematical talk is essential to conceptual understanding and teachers promote rich pupil-to-pupil discussion as well as between teacher and pupils.

Every day there is a short and simple mental maths session. We build on skills and understanding in a progressive way and continue to develop place value, the four number operations and the understanding of fractional parts as a discrete focus. The activities cover a wide range of mathematical knowledge, many with an emphasis on practical work. To consolidate learning over time, our pupils also complete White Rose Flashback4 questions each day.

We embrace the Mastery approach to teaching mathematics. The academy is part of the NCETM Mastering Number Programme for Reception and KS1, focusing on daily short number sense activities to lay firm foundations in mathematics. Mastering Number is also used as an intervention in KS2, adapted to pupil needs. KS2 Teachers ensure that mathematical skills are taught every day following the 4Ops programme. We also use cross curricular opportunities to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency.

Maths Opportunities

We enjoy a wide range of exciting extra activities throughout the year to promote mathematical skills and thinking, including participation in NSPCC Number Day and National Numeracy Day. Pupils really enjoy the challenges and competition of Times Tables Rock Stars to help support their recall of multiplication and division facts. Monthly maths challenges are set to encourage families to get involved in mathematical thinking and we offer workshops to support parents in their understanding of the way we teach Maths as well as a website page! Click here Maths Support


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