To ensure that our maths curriculum challenges, engages, and inspires all learners to be lifelong mathematical thinkers, empowered with mathematical fluency and love of the universal language of mathematics.
Maths is a universal language and we at Walthamstow Academy want every child to understand and enjoy this universal language, and use it confidently throughout their adult lives.
All our students have access to our rich maths curriculum which ensures all students gain a good in depth understanding of the taught topics by the end of their five or seven year journey in mathematics. We have designed our maths curriculum to build on pupils’ prior knowledge of maths, teach new concepts in relation to this prior knowledge (as we know that knowledge is 'sticky' and this is the most efficient way of developing student schemas of mathematical knowledge, and then stretching and challenging the students wherever possible so that they can understand, apply and enjoy the topics in greater depth.
Our curriculum encompasses the following three components in order to ensure that all students are able to progress through our maths curriculum:
Recall: Recall, review and build upon prior mathematical knowledge is vital and is planned for before new mathematical concepts are taught.
Fluency: We ensure that pupils of all abilities can access the basic mathematical skill set through regular fluency checks. This is very important to instil the confidence in students, which then enables them to enjoy the content.
Reasoning and Problem Solving: This is an important component of the maths curriculum and enables and empowers our students to understand the skills in greater depth. We first help them develop student fluency and then build on that through discussion and shared problem solving.