Our Approach to Maths
Intent of curriculum:
Our school vision ‘Ready, Respectful, Safe’, demonstrates our goal, which is, to strive for every pupil to be ready to learn, fulfil their potential, develop resilience, work in partnership with each other, be a responsible citizen, have value and respect each other. The personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in children’s ability to learn and achieve, which is why at Poplar we weave this through school life and our curriculum. We foster the ideals of our pupils having their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures.
Mathematics is all around us in our everyday lives, so at Poplar we strive towards ensuring that all pupils are resilient and happy and inspired mathematicians who can apply their knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities to all manner of situations. We offer opportunities for pupils to be challenged in a secure environment in order to develop independent and reflective learners. We promote an excitement for learning and a ‘I know… so I know…’ attitude in our young mathematicians. The children are taught and encouraged to make links between the areas of mathematics, to think logically, demonstrate reasoning skills and to apply these skills to more abstract concepts. These abilities do not only allow them to progress and succeed in mathematics but in all areas of the curriculum. The mathematics curriculum is ambitious and covers the full breadth of skills and strategies. It is taught through Maths Mastery Approach which allows coherent, sequenced learning to take place whilst also preparing pupils for future learning. We also use White Rose to supplement some areas and for further learning.