Mathematics is a way of communicating. It is a language through which ideas can be explained, explored and developed, and one through which relationships can be expressed, hypothesis made and tested and pattern identified.
Mathematics is a proficiency that involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires an understanding of the number system, a repertoire of computational skills and an inclination and ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts. Mathematics also demands practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring, and is presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
Our aims in teaching mathematics are that all children will:
- Become numerate and tackle mathematical problems with confidence
- Develop the skills which are needed to meet the demands of adult life
- Develop the ability to think logically and clearly
- Use mathematical language effectively and confidently
- Develop positive attitudes to mathematics, recognising that mathematics can be both Useful and enjoyable
- Be able to use and apply the skills in other curricular areas.
Mathematics is a core subject of the National Curriculum. The knowledge, skills and understanding are set out in the “Mathematics Programmes of Study”. The programmes of study set out what pupils should be taught and the attainment targets set out the expected standards of pupils’ performance.
We have adopted and amended the programmes of study to suit the needs of the children at our school, these are as follows:
- Number and Place Value
- Addition and Subtraction
- Multiplication and Division
- Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion
- Algebra (Y6 Only)
Teaching and Learning in Maths
All children take part in a daily mathematics lesson each morning. Mathematics lessons are split into two sessions:
Number/Fraction Session - During this session children will carry out their daily counting/times tables activities and will cover objectives from the ‘Number and Place Value’ or ‘Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion’ strand of the curriculum. This involves the children practising mental and written methods for all four operations using the appropriate operations. This is a consolidation lesson where children have the opportunity to recap and revisit areas that have already been taught. It can also be used as a follow up lesson for small groups of children that need further work before going into session 2.
Main Teach Session - This session is used to teach the objectives from each of the areas of the curriculum and consist of a main teaching activity and a plenary. Problem solving and mastery skills are taught within these sessions, particularly through the use of ‘challenges’. EYFS offer shorter mathematics lessons followed by an opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge in the continuous provision.
The Maths Curriculum
Below are each year groups expectations for maths. If you have any questions on how to support your child’s learning in these core areas, please feel free to contact your child's class teacher.
The Year 1 curriculum develops children’s independence as learners as well as building on the range of skills the children have developed in the foundation Stage curriculum. The Year 1 curriculum covers a range of subjects including phonics which prepares children for their end of year phonic check.
The Year 2 curriculum develops the objectives that children learnt in Year 1. It promotes children’s independent learning and prepares them for their end of year statutory tests.
The Year 3 curriculum develops the objectives that children learnt in Year 2. As children enter KS2, there is a greater focus on developing their independent learning skills to ensure that children have a sound grasp of the year group objectives.
The Year 4 curriculum develops children’s independence as learners as well as building on the range of skills the children have developed in the Year 3 curriculum.
The Year 5 curriculum develops children’s independence as learners as well as building on the range of skills the children have developed in the Year 4 curriculum.
The Year 6 curriculum develops children’s independence as learners as well as building on the range of skills the children have developed in the Year 5 curriculum. The Year 6 curriculum will prepare children for their end of year statutory tests.
For more information about our Maths Curriculm, please read our policy below.