At St Patrick's Catholic Primary Academy, we follow the White Rose Maths approach. We want pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to be able to reason and to solve problems. Our curriculum embraces these National Curriculum aims, and provides guidance to help pupils to become:
Visualisers – we use the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach to help pupils understand mathematics and to make connections between different representations.
Describers – we place great emphasis on mathematical language and questioning so pupils can discuss the mathematics they are doing, and so support them to take ideas further.
Experimenters – as well as being fluent mathematicians, we want pupils to love and learn more about mathematics.
To learn mathematics effectively, we have carefully considered the order of units, for example place value needs to be understood before working with addition and subtraction; addition needs to be learnt before looking at multiplication (as a model of repeated addition). Throughout every year group, the emphasis is on number skills first to give the foundations for an ambitious, connected curriculum.
National Number Day
Friday 3rd February 2023
The whole school enjoyed celebrating National Number Day. We all dressed as a digit for the day, had a Maths themed assembly and completed whole school jelly bean maths challenges after reading the story, 'How Many Jelly Beans?' by Andrea Menotti.
Maths and Science Curriculum Showcase
Wednesday 11th January 2023
On Wednesday morning, the children enjoyed showcasing their learning in Maths to their parents and peers in our curriculum showcase event. They confidently displayed and talked through different calculation methods.