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What does Mathematics at Frogwell offer our children? 

At Frogwell we believe that all children can achieve in mathematics and our curriculum is designed to be progressive, inclusive and ambitious. Our curriculum will provide our pupils with a firm foundation for understanding number, reasoning, thinking logically and problem solving. Pupils at Frogwell are encouraged and supported to be resilient learners with a ‘can do’ mindset. We have adopted a mastery approach to mathematics, intending that all pupils can achieve their full potential and develop an appreciation and enthusiasm for mathematics, resulting in a positive relationship with number which will fully equip them for the next stage of their education and beyond.

What are the main aims of our Mathematics curriculum?

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can 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.

At Frogwell, we follow the White Rose Maths (WRM) scheme of learning which is an ambitious, connected curriculum that is accessible to all pupils. We want all our pupils to:

  • have a secure foundation in mathematics, making connections across mathematical ideas
  • develop fluency in mathematics
  • use mathematical language to explain their reasoning and problem solving
  • understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life
  • apply mathematics across the curriculum
  • have confidence and resilience in mathematics
  • enjoy learning and take risks, knowing that we can learn from mistakes
  • become independent learners with a desire and belief in self-improvement

How is the teaching of Mathematics organised?

Daily maths lessons follow the WRM scheme of learning where units are broken down into smaller steps. Each lesson (in Y1-Y6) follows the Teach it/Do it/Secure it/Deepen it structure which ensures pupils have regular opportunities for reasoning and problem solving. In addition, pupils will experience fluency sessions (in EYFS/KS1 these will focus on number and in KS2 the emphasis is on times tables). In EYFS, pupils experience the WRM scheme of learning through a mixture of teacher-led learning and opportunities for maths learning in continuous provision. In the Resource Base, learning is personalised through B-squared learning objectives and teachers utilise the WRM schemes where appropriate.

What do some of our children say about Mathematics at Frogwell?

“I like playing the dice game and the shape shop” (EYFS child)

“We look at the maths wall to help us” (Y1 child)

“I like the deepen it because it’s a lot harder!” (Y2 child)

“I like adding and taking away” (Resource Base child)

“The times table challenge is fun” (Y3 child)

“Everyone tries their best!” (Y4 child)

“I love maths, it’s one of my favourite subjects. You can challenge yourself” (Y5 child)

“Maths is important because it will help you get a job in the future” (Y6 child)