The aim of the mathematics curriculum at Stockwell is to develop children's love of mathematics. We want children to ‘master’ mathematics; throughout their school lives, and beyond. Our belief is that all pupils are capable of understanding and given sufficient time, able to do mathematics.
We aim to develop mastery mathematicians who are fluent in number and reasoning. All math’s lessons incorporate ‘The five big ideas’ ensuring children are offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration into new content.
Firstly, children are able to gain knowledge of mathematical concepts through the development of understanding due to the use of concrete apparatus. Then, children move to pictorial understanding through visualising their mathematics with pictorial images. Finally, children move to develop their abstract understanding of mathematics.
Our math’s lessons take place every morning from 8.40 until 10.15. During the first forty minutes of our math’s lessons the children are taught new concepts and complete questions independently to demonstrate their understanding.
After a short break of fifteen minutes (in which the teacher marks and assesses the children’s work) the children return to the lesson and 'Same Day Intervention' is delivered to the children. Throughout this Same Day Intervention the children are either given further teaching to develop and consolidate their understanding of the concept or they are given work to extend and deepen their knowledge therefore enabling greater depth understanding.