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Maths

The Intention

 

At Leyland Methodist Schools the intention is for our children to become confident, curious and captivated by number and shape. We have chosen a curriculum which focuses on key skills built on a foundation of concrete, practical number experiences embedded by progression through abstract concepts (written calculation and number work).

 

The Maths Curriculum

The Inspire Programmes of Study provide the foundation of our maths Curriculum at Leyland Methodist Schools and underpins quality first teaching and learning. Using the programme as a baseline, we have also undertaken a thorough Curriculum Needs Analysis, studying the characteristics of our learners here in LMS to ensure that our curriculum meets their ever-changing needs.

Inspire provides diverse and motivating learning experiences in number, shape and geometry to work towards a challenging mastery curriculum. To complement this, we have a detailed Progression Document that maps out the key skills in learning throughout all aspects of mathematical learning and shows what these skills look like at each level from Year 1 through to Year 6. This progression document provides clarity for both teachers and learners alike – it signals clearly what the expected level of progress looks like at each Key Stage and therefore enables accurate assessments of children to be made.

Mathematical knowledge and understanding is further enhanced by the development of our STEM units. STEM incorporates maths, science, technology and engineering and allows our children to explore new mathematical concepts and consolidation of previously learned skills through practical, hands on challenges. 

 

Diversity

One of the key principles of Inspire maths is encouraging and promoting diversity for our learners. As we know from scientific research, female and male brains respond in different ways which has an impact on learning. Traditionally, boys tend to excel at maths and girls tend to find it trickier. Inspire provides an equal footing for ALL children to learn through manipulation and exploration of physical objects before moving on to pictoral representations and then applying their skills to abstract written methods.

 

Equality of Opportunity

Our maths curriculum was carefully chosen and is readily adapted to engage and encourage all of our learners.  Our long term and medium term plans map out the maths Key Skills and concepts and ensure that they are covered across all year groups thoroughly. Inspire Maths is built on a problem-solving curriculum with mathematical reasoning at its core. Open-ended questions in Inspire Maths support children in developing reasoning skills regardless of their starting points.

We are aware that our schools are diverse and ever-changing, as are the needs of our children. Similarly, we have ensured that year groups with particularly high levels of vulnerable children have benefitted from workshops and educational experi
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