North Leigh C of E Primary School
North Leigh C of E Primary School
North Leigh C of E Primary School
The Curriculum

Mathematics at North Leigh

Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?

Mathematics is an important discipline that helps us to understand the world we live in. We want all pupils at North Leigh School to build their mathematical understanding and develop a confident, skilled and resilient approach to all aspects of mathematics.

At North Leigh we promote a 'can do attitude' so that the children feel confident to "have a go", regardless of their age or ability. Our teaching is based on the belief that ALL children can achieve in mathematics and that by breaking new learning into achievable steps all children will build a secure understanding of mathematical concepts. By providing an inspiring learning environment supported by a wide range of practical resources, we support all our children to make progress in maths. In our lessons, we provide a blend of mathematical challenges where children can apply their knowledge and deepen understanding in addition to activities which enable skills to be practised and fluency developed. We embrace mistakes and misconceptions and use these as an opportunity for further learning.

Our youngest children will begin their early mathematical development supported by excellent early mathematical teaching which supports the development of early number sense, giving them the foundational skills needed to confidently reason and solve mathematical problems. Our intent is for every child to leave North Leigh School as able and independent mathematicians, with the confidence and skills required to calculate fluently, reason confidently and solve problems efficiently.

We aim for all pupils to:
  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language
  • have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.
What do we teach? What does this look like?

Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which values and celebrates everyone and encourages all children to realise their potential. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.

To achieve this Mathematics is taught daily using the White Rose scheme. Using these resources, we help children to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills across our mathematics curriculum. We also teach the key vocabulary necessary for children to "think and talk like mathematicians".

Teachers and other adults working in EYFS support early mathematical development and help our youngest learners to acquire early number sense. This is achieved through practical and engaging activities, which children can access, alongside adults or independently with peers, to practise their maths skills.

Mathematics lessons at North Leigh are planned so children work on the same unit. Within lessons, children have opportunities to embed their learning through practise or application of the skills and concepts being addressed to build fluency and confidence or demonstrate a greater depth of understanding. Challenge and support is an integral part of mathematics lessons and teachers recognise that children's needs vary according to the content being taught.

Our approach is to teach using 3 clear stages to develop mathematical understanding. These are:
  • Concrete-Using physical equipment (manipulatives)
  • Pictorial- Using diagrams and pictures
  • Abstract-Using processes (algorithms) and factual knowledge
Number bonds, counting, times tables and arithmetic are taught daily and may be part of the mathematics lesson or taught at a different time depending on the needs of the class. Regular practise of all these aspects are essential to build fluency and instant recall which in turn will lead to a growth in confidence and provide a secure framework on which to build. Impact
What will this look like? By the time children leave our school they will:
  • Be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and the have ability to recall and apply this knowledge accurately.

  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and use mathematical language to justify and explain their reasoning.

  • Solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding and knowledge including unfamiliar and real-life contexts.
At North Leigh Primary School, the majority of our pupils make excellent progress in maths. This starts with a firm foundation in EYFS, with 91% of children in EYFS reaching the expected standard in July 2022.

Our end of KS1 assessments for 2022 show that the percentage of pupils achieving expected outcomes in mathematics is 72%, with 8% working at greater depth. These outcomes mean that pupils have a firm foundation on which to build further mathematical knowledge in KS2.

The vast majority of our older pupils are equipped with the maths skills they need to succeed at secondary school when they leave us. This is reflected in our end of KS2 assessments for 2022, with 82% of pupils meeting expected outcomes in maths and 21% working at greater depth.

Through evaluation of work in children's books, it is clear to see the high quality of mathematics throughout the school. Children are able to confidently talk about their work in maths lessons and can apply age-appropriate skills and knowledge in their work. They are willing to take risks and learn from their mistakes, showing both perseverance and resilience in mathematical learning.

North Leigh Calculation Policy
North Leigh KIRFS
Progression of skills
NSPCC Number Day
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North Leigh C of E Primary SchoolTarget Tracker
As a school in the Oxford Diocese Schools Trust (ODST), we use Target Tracker, an on-line assessment software program to provide teachers with both an on-going assessment tool and an end of term measure. Target Tracker enables teachers to plan and assess more effectively for all pupils, helping them to meet their targets and make good levels of progress throughout the year. The school leadership team and governing body use the Target Tracker reports to support school improvement measures. A link to the statements for each year group from 1-6 is below. We also use Target Tracker to record progress and attainment in EYFS to ensure continuity throughout school.

Target Tracker statements
Year 1
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Year 2 Other
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Maths Links
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1-minute maths

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White Rose maths

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Primary maths dictionary

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10 minute maths number facts
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Free Maths Games

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Times Tables Rock Stars

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I like the different challenges and that I push myself to do my best.

I used to not like maths but now my teacher makes it really clear, so I do.

I like maths because you get to figure out new equations, numbers and different ways to solve calculations.

I like maths because it makes you think in a different way.

It's fun to problem solve when it's really logical.

I love maths because it's challenging but great and it gets my brain to work loads.

North Leigh C of E Primary School
Park Road
North Leigh
OX29 6SS
01993 881525