Mathematics at Ducklington School is based on the aims of the National Curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

Our intent is for all children to become fluent mathematicians with a resilient and positive “can do” attitude to maths. All children are valued, respected and encouraged to reach their full potential. We aim for our children to be competent users of mathematical language, which supports them as approach problem solving and reasoning. It is our ambition that children experience maths in a wide range of contexts both in maths lessons and other subjects as well as in ‘real life’ situations.

Our curriculum is creative and challenging. It reflects our vision of ‘Dare. Discover. Do.’ We have high expectations of our children and the children dare to ‘have a go’, discover that they learn more by making mistakes than getting it right first time and go on to do more challenging activities.

In Mathematics, we implement an inclusive curriculum that meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. We use White Rose Maths to support our planning and teaching of Maths and in Early Years we are guided by ‘Development Matters.’ We supplement this with a wide range of other high-quality teaching and learning resources, which include NCTEM.

Our Maths curriculum is delivered through highly effective ‘quality first teaching’. Lessons are planned, with clear learning objectives, to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving and the use of subject-specific vocabulary. A typical maths lesson would include reviewing previous learning before introducing new content. Children have opportunities to practise and apply this learning with support and independently. We use a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach.

Concrete – Examples include cubes, base ten equipment and counters.

Pictorial – Examples include children’s own mark making and simple drawings, sketches, number lines and diagrams.

Abstract – Examples include children’s early number formation, number sentences and written methods.

Fluency is a fundamental of mathematics and ensures our children are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately.

Reasoning and problem solving is planned and interwoven into the mathematics curriculum in order that children can apply their knowledge in a range of situations.

Details of the programmes of study can be found at the link below:

I dared myself to keep going with my maths. I dared to put my hand up and answer the question. I discovered I could learn my seven times tables. I did the hardest maths challenge.