In the early years and primary phase at Harleston Sancroft Academy, we believe that a high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and we strive for all children to have a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Mathematics in the early years and primary phase is underpinned by our purpose for education which is to enable all pupils to flourish and grow. Through our values (hope, perseverance, wisdom, love, respect, faith) we aim to provide our pupils with a mathematics curriculum that is knowledge-rich, vocabulary-driven and skills-based.
Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum and we use the objectives from the National Curriculum for Mathematics in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 to support planning and to assess children’s progress. In our Reception class the statutory framework for the early years is followed and involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure. The focus of maths in the early years and primary phase at Harleston Sancroft Academy is on the development of deep structural knowledge and the ability to make connections. Pupils develop fluent technical proficiency and think deeply about the underpinning mathematical concepts. We have adopted a ‘mastery’ approach to teaching mathematics. The intention of this approach is to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to achieve confidence and competence known as ‘mastery’ in mathematics.