At Rowena Academy, we believe that Mathematics is a fundamental life skill that equips learners for today and prepares them for their future. Our intention is to engender a passion for Mathematics and to strive to progress children’s mathematical thinking to develop independent, resilient mathematicians. We intend to inspire our children to enjoy, be enthusiastic and feel confident about Mathematics.
Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality Mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The National Curriculum programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to Science and other subjects.
At Rowena Academy, we deliver engaging daily lessons, building children’s knowledge and skills. At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time. The deepest levels of learning are what we are aiming for by teaching Mathematics using a mastery approach. In conjunction with our calculations policy, we aim for our learners to transfer a progression of key basic Mathematical facts and knowledge to their long-term memory, to enhance their ability to recall and apply them. Through the mathematical journey, we interweave fluency, reasoning and problem solving to develop a mastery level of skills within our Mathematics curriculum year on year. Using the White Rose Maths Hub schemes of learning as a basis, we intend to extend and deepen the understanding of pupils within each year group.
Our intent is that pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged. They will be offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding. This is done through the Same Day Intervention approach.