Intent, Implementation, and Impact Statement for Maths at Monkshouse Primary
At Monkshouse Primary School, our intent is to provide a high-quality mathematics education that equips all our pupils with the essential skills, knowledge, and understanding to become confident, competent, and resilient mathematicians.
We recognise the importance of fostering a positive attitude towards mathematics from an early age, promoting enjoyment and enthusiasm for the subject. Through our mathematics curriculum, we intend to develop pupils' curiosity, resilience, and perseverance, nurturing them into lifelong learners who embrace challenges and view mistakes as opportunities for growth.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure vertical progression, enabling pupils to build a solid foundation in mathematical concepts and skills, and then deepen and extend their understanding as they progress through the school. We recognise the diversity of our pupils' abilities, and are committed to providing appropriate challenge and support for each individual, ensuring that all children achieve their full potential.
Our mathematics curriculum is carefully sequenced and mapped, aligning with the National Curriculum and the key stage expectations. We provide a balanced curriculum that incorporates both procedural fluency and conceptual understanding. Lessons are structured to build on prior learning and link mathematical ideas to real-life contexts, promoting cross-curricular connections. We make effective use of concrete manipulatives, pictorial representations, and abstract methods to support pupils' understanding and promote deep learning.
High-Quality Teaching and Learning
Our teachers employ a range of effective teaching strategies that cater to the needs of all learners. They carefully plan and deliver engaging lessons that incorporate a variety of resources, including manipulatives, practical activities, and digital technologies. By utilizing these resources, pupils can explore, investigate, and discuss mathematics, promoting a deeper understanding.
Teachers provide clear learning objectives, ensuring pupils have a clear understanding of what they aim to achieve in each lesson. They adapt tasks appropriately, accounting for the varying abilities and needs of learners, providing support or challenge when necessary. Regular formative assessment allows teachers to identify gaps in understanding and adjust their teaching accordingly.
Reasoning and Problem Solving
To develop pupils' mathematical fluency and problem-solving skills, we explicitly teach and encourage mathematical reasoning throughout the curriculum. Opportunities for problem-solving and investigative tasks are embedded in lessons, allowing pupils to apply their knowledge in meaningful contexts. We foster a growth mindset, nurturing pupils' resilience and perseverance when faced with unfamiliar or challenging problems. We encourage the use of trial and error, encouraging pupils to reflect on their approach and seek alternative strategies.
Mathematical Vocabulary and Concepts
We recognise the importance of mathematical language and vocabulary in enhancing pupils' understanding and communication. Teachers explicitly teach and regularly reinforce mathematical vocabulary, providing opportunities for discussion and clarification. This enables pupils to articulate their understanding, reason effectively and make connections between different mathematical concepts. We also place emphasis on developing pupils' formal written methods, ensuring they are confident in using appropriate mathematical notation and symbols.
Assessment and Feedback
Assessment is an integral part of our mathematics provision. Teachers use a range of assessment strategies, including both formative and summative assessments, to gauge pupil progress and identify areas for improvement. We use standardized assessment materials and regularly moderate our assessments to ensure accuracy and reliability.
Feedback is provided in a timely manner, focusing on both accomplishment and areas for development. Verbal feedback is given during lessons, and written feedback is provided on completed work. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their own learning and take ownership of their progress, fostering a growth mindset.
Through our outstanding provision of mathematics, we aim to achieve the following impact:
- All pupils demonstrate strong conceptual understanding in mathematics and achieve well above national expectations in assessments and external examinations.
- Pupils develop a positive attitude towards mathematics, embracing challenges and viewing mistakes as opportunities for growth.
- Pupils apply their mathematical knowledge and skills confidently and fluently across different contexts, making connections to real-life situations.
- Pupils effectively reason and problem-solve, demonstrating resilience and adaptability in tackling unfamiliar and complex mathematical problems.
- Pupils develop a deep appreciation for the relevance and importance of mathematics in everyday life, and are motivated to pursue further studies in the subject if desired.
- Pupils with specific learning needs or those from disadvantaged backgrounds make strong progress and receive tailored support to overcome barriers to their learning.
Through regular monitoring and evaluation, we ensure that our intent is being effectively implemented and that the impact of our provision is ongoing and sustainable. We actively seek and respond to feedback from pupils, parents, and external stakeholders, adapting our practices as necessary to continually enhance the quality of mathematics education at our outstanding primary school.