Being a mathematician at Cubitt Town Primary School

At Cubitt Town Primary School, we aim to develop a love and understanding of maths, as well as equip our children with the skills to meet the ever-changing needs of the 21st Century. Children receive five hours of dedicated maths learning in addition to lessons that integrate maths across the wider curriculum, such as using measurement skills in science lessons or geometry in art.

Lesson objectives are taken from the National Curriculum and most are revisited across the year to ensure children become secure in them. Lessons are designed so that children become fluent in key mathematical skills, such as being able to quickly recall number bonds and times tables. In addition, regular problem-solving activities help our children develop their reasoning and problem-solving skills in a variety of contexts. Oracy underpins this problem-solving and reasoning, as regular opportunities for mathematical talk helps further children's understanding.

The majority of children will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, children who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged by working with increasingly sophisticated mastery problems. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with material are able to consolidate their understanding before moving on, whether through repeated teaching or targeted interventions.

A calculation policy is used to ensure clear progression through the year groups and support for lesson plans comes from select schemes of work. Regular formative assessment takes place through each unit of work and is evident in children's books; teachers record this assessment against the objectives taken from the National Curriculum. Termly summative assessments are also used to help support teachers' judgements.