Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary in most forms of employment. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them.
Children who have mathematical fluency are confidently able to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills both at school and in their daily lives.
The new national curriculum for mathematics aims that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems overtime, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing argument, justification or proof using mathematical language;
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Aims and objectives
Our school is committed to delivering a ‘Mastery Curriculum’, which ensures continuity and progression in the teaching of mathematics. Within a unit of work, the time spent on teaching a specific learning objective or set of learning objectives depends on the needs of the children.
A ‘Mastery Curriculum’ is designed to create a learning atmosphere:
- Where all pupils can and will achieve
- With a focus on the development of deep structural knowledge
- Developing rapid recall of key number facts
- Through carefully chosen examples and representations supporting the opportunity to make connections between mathematical ideas
- Keeping the class working together wherever possible
- Spending longer time on key topics to ensure depth of understanding
- Providing regular problem solving opportunities in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.