At The Blue School, we consider mathematics to be an international language. Through the development of a mastery curriculum, we aim to enable all children to achieve mastery in maths through reasoning, generalising and solving problems. We aim for our children to become fluent mathematicians, allowing them to function ably in a range of situations.
Our approach to teaching maths is underpinned by the dimensions of depth – which together enable pupils to develop deep understanding of the subject. We use the content of the national curriculum as the starting point for our curriculum but this is expanded upon by making explicit the foundational knowledge that learners need to understand in order to access this. We encourage pupils to be systematic, to generalise and to seek out patterns through a sequenced curriculum.
The three principles of the dimensions of depth are:
Mathematics tasks are about constructing meaning and making sense of relationships. The children at The Blue School deepen their understanding by representing concepts using objects, pictures, symbols and words. Tasks and topics are sequenced to help all learners build a narrative through different strands of the curriculum. These topics are then sequenced in a logical progression that allows learners to establish connections and draw comparisons. Multiple representations are carefully selected so that they are extendable within and between different areas of mathematics.
The use of mathematical language is of paramount importance at The Blue School to enable all children to reason and explain. Talk is an essential element of every lesson and time is dedicated to developing confidence with specific vocabulary as well as verbal reasoning through talk tasks.
Key Stage One and Key Stage Two teachers use a range of resources to inform planning and follow the Mathematics Programmes of Study from the Department of Education.