At Thaxted, we believe that mathematics should be fun and rewarding for all children. As such, we make our curriculum engaging and accessible for all learners. Our vision is for every child to achieve their full potential and consequently we have adopted the White Rose moto ‘everyone can do maths’. Our mathematics curriculum is knowledge based; clear plans and assessments are followed so that children can build on previous learnt skills and knowledge.
The whole school approach to learning through the 6R’s (Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Reflection, Resilience and Reasoning) helps children approach maths with a can do attitude and understand why maths is essential for everyday life.
Our curriculum is mapped out using the White Rose Maths Hub scheme of work. We focus on progression from concrete resources, to pictorial representations and finally to the numerical abstract to aid our children’s conceptual understanding.
We have some mixed year groups, and some straight year groups, consequently coverage and progression are key when planning learning. Class teachers ensure that children are delivered the correct content by using a mixture of the White Rose mixed aged planning and the NCTEM progression guidance.
TT Rockstars is used from Y2 to Y6. Morning Maths is taught on most days for 20 minutes. Mathletics is used for home learning – this links to what children have been taught in class.
A combination of all these approaches means our children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and are able to reason and problem solve.