The intent of our Mathematics curriculum is to design a curriculum, which is accessible to all and will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement. In Mathematics we would like to ensure all children leave school with their basic skills, an enthusiasm towards Mathematics, secure knowledge and resilience towards problem solving by applying skills learnt to enable them to thrive in the modern world.
We aim to do this by:
We believe that Mathematics provides children with the essential life skills of;
We aim to provide children with a fun but focussed Maths curriculum, providing the children with the skills to become equipped for adult life. We adopt a fully inclusive, mind-friendly approach to teaching and learning in Mathematics where children are challenged sufficiently in a supportive environment.
Implementation - Planning our Mathematics Curriculum
At Gwladys Street, Maths planning takes on the form of one Active Maths session and four Power Maths sessions per week. Active Maths sessions are initially planned to support the whole school focus for that academic year before covering other aspects of the Maths curriculum.
To ensure our Mathematics curriculum is accessible for all pupils, school uses the DFE approved Power Maths approach. This is fully aligned with the White Rose Maths scheme and covers the National Curriculum requirements. The school’s ongoing engagement with the DFE funded Maths Hubs programme continues to ensure that staff at all levels understand the pedagogy of the approach.
To develop resilient learners’ pupils work in mixed ability pairs allowing them to share and discuss their ideas in all Mathematic lessons.
At the beginning of each session staff begin with a ‘Power up’ activity where pupils develop their understanding of basic skills through counting.
Lessons then begin with an initial problem-solving activity ‘Discover’ which prompts discussion and reasoning, as well as promoting an awareness of maths in relatable real-life contexts that link to other areas of learning. At this point, pupils are encouraged to use resources and also reflect on their learning in ‘Maths Journals’ with Mathematical drawings or representations. These can then be used throughout the lesson to support pupils understanding. At the end of the ‘Discover’ phase, staff ‘Share’ the pupils learning and look at other alternative methods.
Key vocabulary for this session is then shared with the class and written on the Working Wall, this vocabulary is discussed and explained and put into context and drawn upon throughout the session.
During the ‘Think together’, pupils are encouraged to use resources and equipment (concrete manipulatives) and models and images. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, these are placed on the table for the pupils to access throughout the session. In Key Stage 2, these resources should also be made available at all times for pupils needing additional support.
Throughout the lesson, teachers use careful questions to draw out children’s discussions and their reasoning. The class teacher then leads children through strategies for solving the problem, including those already discussed. Independent ‘Practice’ work in Power Maths books, provides the means for all children to develop their fluency further, before progressing to more complex related problems allowing them to reason and problem solve. During the lesson, the teachers will hold mini-plenaries to establish pupils understanding and provide additional support when needed.
At the end of the session, time is used to ‘Reflect’ on the learning that has taken place both verbally and written. Pupils are then asked to reflect against the steps to success.
Mathematical domains are taught in blocks, to enable the achievement of ‘mastery’ over time. Each lesson phase provides the means to achieve greater depth, with more able children being offered rich and sophisticated problems, as well as exploratory, investigative tasks, within the lesson as appropriate.
Our curriculum has been carefully devised to ensure that each year’s learning opportunities and assessments are embedded with essential knowledge, skills and understanding which accelerates progress and outcomes over time.
Real life experiences are provided through visitors and National initiatives including Money Week and the Fiver Challenge.
Gwladys Street has become part of Liverpool's Maths Quality Mark!
Gwladys Street is setting you a challenge.
Follow the link below and take the National Numeracy Challenge. We would like to celebrate the talents of all our parents and carers so once you have taken the challenge, print off your certificate and bring it to school.
We would like to create a 'Hall of Fame' which celebrates the great Mathematicians in our community!
Prizes to be won!!!!
Fantastic news! Gwladys Street Community Primary and Nursery School has become a hub school in Liverpool for Maths of the Day.
Maths of the Day allows children to develop their basic skills in Mathematics through PE and other physical activities achieving key objectives from the New National Curriculum.
Follow this link to find out more about this great new resource https://www.mathsoftheday.org.uk/
Look out for images of this exciting new resource on our website and ask your child about their experiences.
We welcome other schools to contact us to see Maths of the Day in action.
Mathematics is also taught in the afternoon through topics linked to the curriculum where children can apply their skills to demonstrate a deeper understanding of mathematics.
Reasoning and Applying forms a large part of Mathematics at Gwladys Street as this is where children can demonstrate and apply their skills across all domains.
Have you received your child's FREE basic skills pack?
Every child when they start Foundation 2 (Reception) or join the school in year 1 or 2 receive a zip wallet full of practical resources to help develop their maths skills.
If you have lost yours then you can request a new one for £3.50 from the school office.
Log onto Times Table Rock Stars and complete the challenges. The more you use it, the more rewards and certificates you will receive in school.
Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended the sessions. We had over 120 people supporting the three mornings with their children.
During these 3 mornings, everyone began the morning with a choice of breakfast before taking part in fun and active Maths activities developing Basic Skills and Application and Reasoning.
Below are some of the comments from Parents and Carers.
"We enjoyed seeing the way you teach our children."
"We enjoyed the activities as they promoted discussion between parents and children."
"The resources were useful in supporting us in completing the activities."
" Thank you to the staff who supported the workshop – well done."
"Having a list of Apps we could use at home was helpful."
"The packs that you send home support learning."
"Using practical scenarios and problems solving together was really helpful."
"Today has really helped and given me a great understanding of how to help my daughter. Days like these are great."
"I have an understanding of Maths and found fun and exciting ways of learning, instead of it being stressful."
Blog your questions, challenges and puzzles
Go to the blog area and set us a challenge.
The best weekly challenges and puzzles will receive a prize!
Support for parents and carers
At Gwladys Street Community Primary and Nursery School we are committed to equipping you as you support your children at home.
Please see the attached document for an explanation on methods taught in school. Also speak to your child's class teacher if you or your child is having difficulties. Please don't be afraid to ask.