At Lucas Vale, we aim to equip children with knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts including those relevant to everyday life, e.g. money and time. We believe everyone can learn maths to high levels. Our curriculum is ambitious and designed to give all our students the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
Our academic, technical or vocational ambitions for all learners are highly ambitious. We aim to support children to learn together through collaboration and discussion and we use targeted support and scaffolding to make the learning as clear and accessible as possible. We actively avoid unnecessarily elaborate or differentiated approaches although some learners with high levels of special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) may need to work on a curriculum that whilst differentiated is still ambitious.
Teaching for Mastery
At Lucas Vale we are working with the NCETM Maths networks to develop a teaching for mastery approach to mathematics.
“Mastering maths means pupils of all ages acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths. Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.”
At Lucas Vale our teacher plan with White Rose schemes of learning to ensure our children are engaging with lessons that are influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading maths researchers and practitioners and that our curriculum is coherently sequenced. Our teachers refine, build on and augment these plans using their own subject knowledge, their knowledge of their pupils and other high quality planning resources including those produced by the NCETM, NRICH and YouCubed.
Numberblocks episodes are produced in consultation with NCETM Director for Primary Debbie Morgan. Along with the associated planning resources, these episodes are an important part of how we teach early maths. In EYFS and Year 1 we use Numberblocks to highlight and develop the key mathematical ideas that are embedded in the programmes. Our teachers use these episodes as a launchpad, confidently moving on from an episode and helping children to bring the numbers and ideas to life in the world around them.
According to the National Curriculum (2013) children should ‘become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and recall and apply knowledge.’
In order to achieve this, a Whole School Approach to the teaching and learning Times Tables that focuses on 36 key facts is used to ensure children learn these important facts in a coherent way that builds on a deep and embedded understanding of the associated mathematical structures.
Please view Lucas Vales Maths Curriculum overview below
The Maths Zone
Lots of helpful hints, resources and tips to help with your child’s mathematics learning.
The White Rose Scheme of Mathematics Learning
At Lucas Vale, all pupils from Year one to Year six follow the White Rose scheme of learning. Teachers follow this scheme aiming to build confidence and resilience in their learners through teaching a mastery approach to maths.