The school follows the National Curriculum for Mathematics. This describes in detail what pupils must learn in each year group. Details of the Programme of Study for Mathematics can be found below.
At Westerhope Primary School we love maths and see it as an essential life skill. We are committed to ensuring that children have a positive and meaningful experience of mathematics throughout the school. We offer a curriculum that secures essential knowledge and skills whilst giving the children many opportunities to use and apply their mathematical skills across the curriculum, through real life problem solving and mathematical investigations.
At Westerhope Primary School, we understand maths in Key Stages 1 and 2 is a subject which involves confidence and competence in the areas of number, measurement, geometry and statistics. We understand the values underpinning mathematical learning by providing a balance between conceptual understanding and procedural and factual fluency in order to develop the children’s arithmetic proficiency. We also promote the ability to solve problems in a variety of mathematical contexts. To be secure in curriculum expectations, the children should demonstrate their understanding using a variety of manipulatives and models and be able to articulately explain their thinking whilst engaging in dialogic discussion.
We, as a school, recognise that these are fundamental necessities for children to be able to fulfil their potential in their academic lives and in society as a whole, allowing them to meet challenges equipped as numerate individuals. In primary education, we supply the foundations for everything that will follow.
We aim for the children to:
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Westerhope Primary has developed a mastery approach to mathematics. The school works closely with the Great North Maths Hub and NCETM to continually support the development of teacher subject knowledge.
As part of the mastery approach a positive teacher mind-set and strong subject knowledge are key to student success in Mathematics. It is not the case that some pupils can do Mathematics and others cannot. We believe that all children can achieve in Maths. By making high expectations clear and emphasising the value of Mathematics education, pupils are encouraged to build confidence and resilience. A positive teacher mind-set in Mathematics encourages a love of learning and resilience that enables everyone to achieve. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils are given the opportunity to achieve mastery in the key concepts of Mathematics, appropriate for their age group, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding that provide barriers to learning as they move through education. Breaking learning into small steps, encouraging exploration in maths using manipulatives, providing opportunities to problem solve, promoting reasoning and mathematical thinking and encouraging children to spot relationships and make links with their learning are all essential components of Westerhope Primary’s approach to this subject.
Click on the stars below to see Maths in action across Westerhope Primary School.
Our lovely Reception learners have been busy little maths experts!
We read a wonderful book entitled 'Balancing Act' to begin our learning of the meaning of = ('balanced' 'same').
The children have been taking a maths mastery approach to explore how numbers are made of other numbers and to learn the numerosity of sets, building own ideas about the differences and equality.
Year 2 were lucky enough to have Mrs Coker come and teach a lesson she saw in Shanghai! We learnt all about right angles. We used stem sentences to remember what they were. We made a right angle checker and found real life right angles. Thanks Mrs Coker!
Year 2 LOVED getting to test their times tables knowledge this morning. We quickly started increasing how many we could answer in the time!
Today Year 4 became super sleuths solving logic problems from clues and breaking codes. Well done you superstar detectives!
We had to find the eggs that were scattered around the school and answer the maths problem inside! We then had to crack the code to find out the hidden message..
We all decided to spend our profits in Maths games for our classrooms! The children had great fun trying them out. Thank you for all your support!