At Murdishaw West Community Primary School, we believe that students deserve a creative and ambitious mathematics curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge, which prepares them well for everyday life. We follow a carefully designed, planned and organised curriculum, to ensure coverage and progression for every learner.
Our curriculum is underpinned by a mastery approach, using a spiralling curriculum to build upon previous learning and embed knowledge and understanding. Concepts are broken down into small connected steps, allowing children to learn from modelling and practise the necessary skills needed to answer a range of problem solving questions.
Manipulatives and pictorial representations are used to build and scaffold learning, with misconceptions addressed during lessons to ensure that children’s knowledge is accurate. Effective questioning is used to get children thinking critically about a problem and the most efficient ways to work it out. Pupils are encouraged, through journaling, to express their thinking in a range of ways, using deliberate mistakes to prove their answers.
Our hope is for children of Murdishaw West Community Primary School to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice, so that pupils develop understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.