Subject leader: Mr Wells

At Trinity Academy Richmond we value Mathematics as an important part of all children’s entitlement that engages, inspires and challenges pupils whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to explain, predict and manipulate information. Mathematics is an inspiring and practical subject, encouraging children to intervene creatively to solve problems through the acquisition of knowledge and skills, preparing them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Children are encouraged to communicate mathematically, demonstrating a competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding.

In the Early Years, children develop their conceptual understanding of number through exploratory play. It is embedded throughout the Early Years environment and links are made as they become secure in the understanding of the world. At the start of this journey, a number of the week is fully explored where the children are able to see it in different orientations and recognise them in concrete and abstract forms which feeds into their curiosity and resilience when working with numbers. From here, they develop their mathematical oracy, discussing one more and less securing their knowledge of basic addition and subtraction. At the end of EYFS, children will have a secure knowledge of the basic ‘building blocks’ of mathematics to enable them to be KS1 ready.

From Y1-6, children have daily, hour long maths lessons designed and sequenced to enable progression of their core mathematical skills. Our curriculum is designed to be progressive- each school year begins with a focus on the concepts and skills that have the most connections, and this concept is then revisited, applied and connected throughout the school year to consolidate learning, giving our pupils the opportunity to ‘master’ maths.

For every learning objective pupils will be entitled to clear explanations of the new concept being taught and will always include linking the use of concrete materials and pictorial representations with abstract approaches and generalisations (CVA approach).

Our Mathematics curriculum ensures that our children develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum and, as a result, achieve exceptionally well and is reflected in our consistently high outcomes for our pupils.

Our pupils will:

  • have a positive attitude towards mathematics
  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time.
  • develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, making connections and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • 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.
  • develop the ability to think clearly and logically, with confidence, flexibility and independence of thought.
  • develop an ability and inclination to work both alone and cooperatively to solve mathematical problems.
  • develop personal qualities such as perseverance, independent thinking, cooperation and self-confidence through a sense of achievement and success.

Useful Links:

National Center for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) – Teaching for Mastery

‘Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract’ (CPA) Approach

Sumdog – Online Maths Game

Maths Frame – Online Maths Games