At St Norbert’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, we inspire our children through the Inspire Mathematics Curriculum. As a foundation for our Mathematics curriculum, we use White Rose Maths, which offers a framework to teach the Mathematics Programme of Study as laid out by the National Curriculum and the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, alongside other high-quality resources, including National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), NRICH. White Rose has been influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading maths researchers and practitioners across the world and is based on the latest pedagogical research.
At St Norbert’s, we strive to have children develop a positive attitude and interest towards mathematics. From the earliest years, we encourage children to ‘have a go,’ to have children notice numbers, patterns, shapes, and connections and to be able to discuss their findings with others. It is important to instil a love of learning from an early age and to teach children that we learn from making mistakes.
Inspire Knowledge and Skills
Proficiency in mathematical concepts and skills is vital for engaging successfully with the real world. We want to open children’s eyes to this and help them to see the importance of how what they learn in the classroom applies to the real world, both every day for everyone and more broadly across disciplines and careers. We provide a maths curriculum that balances acquiring rapid fluency alongside opportunities to apply reasoning skills in various problem-solving contexts. Each classroom environment is set up to enable children to build independence in learning maths, from up-to-date working walls, carefully chosen scaffolds and accessible resources. Beyond teaching maths discretely, we give children the opportunity to apply and develop what they have learnt across wider learning within the curriculum, such as in science, design and technology lessons, to support our intention that children see mathematical skills as something that is essential for their daily life.
Inspire Creativity & Adventure
We believe all children can achieve highly in maths. For some children, this demands a great deal of perseverance and resilience, and we talk explicitly about this in lessons and link it to other areas of curriculum learning, such as PSHCE. We encourage children to support one another to build a classroom climate of endeavour. In every lesson, children have the opportunity to apply mathematical reasoning to solve problems, which deepens their understanding and supports making connections across the curriculum. We take every opportunity to promote creativity in maths. This is particularly evident in the continuous provision on offer in our Lower School, through role play, small world and other exploration-based activities. In older years, creativity is embedded within our CPA approach, where children represent their understanding in a range of ways, such as using models to represent fractions or finding numbers, shapes and patterns in the real world.