Learn to Love, Love to Learn
At Mereside Church of England Primary Academy, we aim to provide a high-quality mathematics education that will help our pupils to acquire a deep, long-term, and adaptable understanding of mathematics. We consider mathematics to be a vital subject for building creativity and confidence. It is a subject that can enhance understanding across all curriculum areas and provides essential skills needed throughout life; children will recognise that these skills will allow them to collaborate and communicate effectively with people across the world. At its core, mathematics is a means to explain the world around us, whether it be through using shapes and measures in a building project or in shopping at the local shop; we aim to prepare our children to embrace and enjoy mathematics at all levels. We strive to develop curious mathematicians who are excited about challenge. We aim to develop our pupils’ resilience, enjoyment and reflectiveness in mathematics through exposing them to a wide range of experiences that involve problem solving and reasoning. Our mathematics curriculum will promote discussion, perseverance and questioning with the aim to motivate our children to continue to thrive as passionate mathematicians beyond primary education.
At Mereside Church of England Primary Academy, we aim for each child to:
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We strive to provide a rich, enjoyable and challenging curriculum that draws upon a wide range of teaching styles and strategies in order to cater for individual learners. In lessons, we want provide opportunities and experiences that are real and prepare children for everyday life as well as meeting the academic demands of the mathematics curriculum. Through a clearly structured sequence, children will learn through role play and through challenges that enhance problem solving skills.
We have been embedding a teaching for mastery approach across the school as we believe that this approach will provide all of our pupils with the best opportunity to persevere to achieve the aims of the national curriculum for mathematics. These aims include:
Our planning is structured to encompass the NCETM’s ‘five big ideas’:
Mereside C of E Primary Academy's mathematics is strongly influenced by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)'s innovative research, training and resources; the school regularly works with the Salop, Herefordshire and Wolverhampton Maths Hub.
At Mereside Church of England Primary Academy, we use the NCETM's Primary Mastery Professional Development materials, the DfE ready-to-progress materials, the NCETM Curriculum Prioritisation document and NRICH to guide our maths curriculum. We tailor our curriculum to meet the needs of our children; we think carefully about scaffolding our lessons and we ensure that we have exciting extension challenges ready to deepen our children's knowledge and understanding.
Click this link to see the teaching sequence for the NCETM’s Primary Mastery materials that we use to influence our planning sequence:
At Mereside, each year group produces their own long term plan based on the children's needs and based on the NCETM's teaching order.
The following PDF shows the DfE ready-to-progress criteria (this criteria identifies the most important conceptual knowledge and understanding that pupils need as they progress from year 1 to year 6):
The following NCETM documents show the progression of maths skills from EYFS to Year 6:
On 27th February 2020, a group of Year 5 children had a fantastic day at Shrewsbury High Prep School. They entered a 'Maths in Motion' competition where there were over ninety Shropshire children competing in the championship. Mereside Team 2 managed to finish in gold position!