The aims of the Maths Curriculum at Clifford Bridge Academy are:
- To promote enjoyment of mathematical learning through practical activity, exploration and mathematical discussion
- To inspire a curiosity about mathematics both in the world today and in the future
- To develop fluency in number and in calculations
- To build mathematical reasoning over time through a range of real-life contexts
- To apply their mathematical knowledge to simple and complex problems
- To develop confidence, perseverance and problem- solving skills.
Delivering the Maths Curriculum at Clifford Bridge Academy:
Maths learning begins in Early Years where, through a range of vibrant, practical learning experiences, children develop early skills in counting, number, shape, space and measure.
In Years 1-6, we teach our children Maths using a ‘Maths for Mastery Approach’. It is essential that we use concrete objects to test mathematic concepts and build a clearer understanding of abstract ideas. Key concepts are introduced using a range of resources, giving children the chance to see a problem and using manipulatives to build an understanding and make links across their learning.
We believe that children should develop a rich understanding of each subject area and should not be rushed through the curriculum. Children who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems, rather than accelerating through new content.
Our mastery approach to teaching Maths means all children are suitably challenged by a coherent, adapted journey through mathematical concepts for every child.
We also have a strong focus on arithmetic skills and mastering the basics of mathematics, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, in all year groups. Learning ‘key number facts’ is prioritised so our children have the best chance of being able to ‘use and apply’ their maths skills easily and fluently in discrete Maths lessons, across the wider curriculum and also for their later life in KS3 and beyond.