As a Church in Wales School, we recognise that all our children have their own gifts, talents and skills. We aim to nurture these in each and every learner to ensure that they meet their full potential.
At Llandaff City Primary we recognise the need for a shared and coherent approach to the curriculum, ensuring high standards are achieved through a balanced, enriched and challenging curriculum. The curriculum at Llandaff City Primary provides a thematic approach to learning. We have been bold with our vision in creating an imaginative, innovative and flexible curriculum which provides our learners with the skills and attitudes for life long learning in the 21st Century.
We deliver a distinctive curriculum that is appropriate for a Church School within Wales where the teaching of Religious Education is a high priority as a core subject.
Mathematics and Numeracy Groupings (maths) at Llandaff City
At Llandaff City we group our children for maths across both year group classes. We have found by doing this we are able to differentiate for the wide variety of learnings needs at an individual basis where pupils can work at the level and pace that is best suited to them at any given time. These groups are determined by our assessment procedures that are in place to start each term and on feedback from teachers who have taught the children during the previous year.
These groups are not ‘rigid sets’. A child may go from group to group over the year depending on their understanding of the mathematical topics that are being covered over a designated time frame. The groups will all cover the same topics but at a different level of challenge appropriate to the needs of the individual child. Many pupils take more time to grasp a mathematical concept than others, therefore the pace at which topics are taught does vary between groups – again this is appropriate to the needs of the individual child.
We have found this fluid grouping to be very beneficial in raising standards in maths across the school for the past seven years and introduce these groups once teacher assessments are completed at the start of each school year in years 1 – 6.
How does grouping work in light of the New Curriculum?
The Welsh Government’s introduction of the Curriculum for Wales gives schools the autonomy to deliver their curriculum how they see best for their own school setting. The Curriculum for Wales is clear that pupil progress is at the heart of a successful school. At Llandaff City our methods of maths grouping have shown to help pupils progress therefore we intend to keep this model, modifying it at times in line with the needs of each cohort.
All schools in Wales are to follow the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) in their planning. The LNF sets out the key mathematical skills that need to be covered in each year group in Wales – this is what we cover in our maths groups.
Moreover, we believe maths should not just be taught but also experienced and applied. Therefore, within our classes we do not just teach ‘stand alone’ maths skills. Pupils across all year groups have opportunities to undertake practical activities where pupils will learn and apply their mathematical skills and understanding within a specific context. This is a clear requirement as set out in the Mathemetics and Numeracy Area of Learning Guidance produced by Welsh Government.
We also have a weekly maths PRO session (Problem solving, Reasoning, Outdoor). Every Friday we come together as a class to partake in a maths session with a focus purely on the application of skills and understanding in a variety of different contexts and activities. Examples of learning mathematics and numeracy in a practical way can be seen on the school’s Twitter page.
School Improvement Priority – The 6 Pledges
Furthermore, we have designed our school improvement plan for the academic year 2021-2022 to reflect our desire to provide pupils with the key skills required to keep raising standards and to help recover from the impact of the pandemic on the children of Llandaff City over the past 18 months. Two of our pledges (our promises to pupils and parents) are to have a clear whole school focus on improving pupils' mental maths and times table (Years 2-6) knowledge through focused baseline assessments, timetabling changes, a range of teaching activities and robust review measures which includes a consistent approach to our teaching of these areas across the school.
Support for parents in the teaching of Mathematics and Numeracy
In the Spring Term we will be adding a video to our Webpage which will provide parents and carers with practical tips on supporting Mathematics at home. In the interim do make use of your Parent Consultation appointments by asking your child’s class teacher on how you can support your child’s mathematics development at home.