Statement of Intent: Mathematics
The concept that underpins the teaching of maths at Burhill is that ‘Everyone can do maths’, and that means everyone: children, teachers, support staff and parents. Learning is not something static – on the contrary – it is in a constant state of flux. Consequently, we are never not learning and again, that means everyone: children, teachers, support staff and parents. At Burhill, supporting each of these populations is a priority, involving CPD for adults in school, workshops for parents, quality-first teaching, booster groups and interventions and booster groups for our children. As well as promoting a can-do attitude towards maths, we want maths to be seen as fun. We want our children to take risks and to know that mistakes are to be celebrated and learnt from.
At Burhill we follow the mastery approach to maths. We teach maths in line with the Primary National Curriculum (2014) using the White Rose schemes of work and resources to plan and deliver a broad maths curriculum which embeds mathematical thinking and talk.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is largely child-led, allowing children to explore a range of practical tasks independently and as part of a group, and to learn through play. All children in EYFS must be able to form each digit from 0-9 accurately before they start Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, our aim is to shape confident, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. They become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum.