Maths at Perton Primary Academy
At Perton Primary we follow the National Curriculum for Maths, using the Mastery approach to teaching. Mastery of mathematics is something that we want all pupils to acquire and develop throughout their school lives, and beyond.
The mastery approach means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. This enables each learner to move on to apply their learning in lots of different contexts and in other subject areas.
Since mastery is what we want pupils to acquire, we use the phrase ‘mastery approach’ to describe our classroom practice and organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering mathematics.
To achieve this we use Numicon Firm Foundations in EYFS, White Rose Maths in KS1 and KS2 and we also utilise Mastering Number to develop our learner’s mathematical fluency.
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Perton Primary, we want all children to be able to see mathematics as an interconnected subject and be able to make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We want our children to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
The expectation in the National Curriculum is that the majority of children will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of children’s understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Children who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including, through additional practice, before moving on.
Please use the link below to access the National curriculum:
To see our documents, please click on the links below:
Calculation Policy - Place Value
Calculation Policy - Addition and Subtraction
Calculation Policy - Multiplication and Division
EYFS Long Term Plan
Long Term Plans
Maths Progression Documents
Maths Progression Overview
Mastering Number Reception Overview
Mastering Number Year 1 Overview
Mastering Number Year 2 Overview
The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
Writing at Perton Primary Academy
Throughout the school, all children will be taught using the rationale and approach of the Write Stuff in order to improve writing outcomes. It is written by Jane Considine who is a teacher, successful author and educational consultant and her framework is used in thousands of schools across the country.
There is a strong emphasis on vocabulary – using high quality effectively words – both orally and in written forms. The approach builds pupils’ confidence with sentence structure and organisation of their ideas – thus strengthening the cohesion of their writing.
At the start of each text, teachers plan imaginative, experience sessions to hook the children into the book. Teachers follow an immersive narrative approach, to fully engage the children “into” the book and its characters .
Teachers prepare children for writing by modelling the ideas, grammar or techniques of writing which are taught under the structural framework of the Writing Rainbow below:
These are known as lenses.
The FANTASTICS begin in EYFS and are built on throughout the school using the majority of lenses by Year 4. The system is very visual and clear with image prompts linked to the National Curriculum expectations as well as ideas and flair for writing.
Writing lessons consist of short-burst activities, with an emphasis on crafting and constructing sentences – where teachers and pupils are actively participating in the session in learning conversations in preparation for quality writing.
The writing progression documents across Perton Academy are attached below:
The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At Perton Prmary Academy, Science is delivered as part of our Topic Curriculum which is primarily taken from the Curriculum Maestro units. For more information on how this is structured, see the topic overview and knowledge organisers below:
EYFS Nursery Science
Forces and Magnets
Grouping and Classifying
Subject on a Page
Science Subject on a Page