At Captain Webb Primary School children learn mathematical knowledge and skills in context. Often linked to areas of theme work, this makes learning in maths fun, engaging and relevant to children's lives, the wider world and other areas of the curriculum. Our approach to learning in this way ensures that children are securely prepared for the mathematical challenges that await them in Key Stage 3 and that they have experienced applying their mathematical knowledge and skills in a wide range of contexts - a skill we believe to be important for our learners' future lives.
Each unit of work is carefully planned to ensure that it is relevant to other areas of the curriculum. For example, when children in Year 4 are learning about potions, they learn about fractions and apply this when potion making; in Year 6, children use their measuring skills to design a scale Victorian village; and in Year 2, children use their knowledge of using money when they visit a local sweet shop. Every mathematical unit taught in our school is planned with a contextualised purpose.
Teachers use a 'Cold Piece' of work to asses children's prior knowledge when planning a unit of work. From the assessment of the 'Cold Piece', individual targets are set and the learning journey begins. Children are introduced to the key concepts, vocabulary and real world application of the particular area of maths. One the maths skills have been taught they then apply their learning in a contextualised challenge before finishing the learning with a 'Hot Piece', where they can see the progress that they have made.
To see an overview of which areas of maths are taught when, please see the Maths Overviews below. To see how these units fit into the wider curriculum at our school, head over to the Curriculum Overview documents for each year group here.
To see an overview of how we teach the various elements of calculation across the school please see the Calculation Policy and supporting appendices below.