About Our Curriculum
How are maths lessons planned?
Curriculum planning is organised into three phases (long term, medium term and short term) using Pier2Peer assessments, supported by White Rose and other commercial resources and current Government guidance to ensure effective progression through the programme of study.
- Each concept is planned to progress through from its early steps through to consolidation, providing flexibility for children to secure, deepen or investigate their conceptual understanding.
- Taught objectives are planned out to best utilise links between mathematical ideas as well as connect to other areas of the curriculum, making effective use of resources.
- Teachers use a variety of commercial resources however are encouraged to design tasks to best facilitate reasoning and conceptual development.
- Pier2Peer planning documents include the ‘Ready2Progress’ criteria from the 2020 Government guidance, to enable teachers to easily recognise and prioritise the essential building blocks alongside the supporting areas of mathematics.
Using the 5 Big Ideas for reasoning
Within each lesson, teachers use the pedagogies that support the Five Big Ideas to structure delivery of the content:
- Prompting thinking
- Children are provided a stimulus to discuss to encourage observation and begin to make connections between previous knowledge and new concepts.
- Enabling learning
- Teacher input draws the children’s attention to particular elements of the concept and make links to other concepts.
- Providing opportunities
- Children are given the chance to manipulate and reason with similar ideas to see the patterns or relationships through different representations. Supportive and challenging questioning allow for all children to learn at their appropriate level.
- ‘Low threshold, high ceiling’ tasks are designed for children of all abilities to explore the concept more deeply and develop their mathematical thinking, discussion and investigative curiosity.