Mathmatics

 

 

Our teaching of mathematics is based on the mathematics programme of study in the revised national curriculum.

The core aims of mathematics are to ensure that children:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children 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 an 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.

One core element in mathematics is the teaching of number, which includes substantial areas of place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions (including decimals from Year 4 and percentages from Year 5), and ratio & proportion and algebra (in Year 6)

Other areas of mathematics include measurement, geometry (properties of shape, and position and direction) and statistics.

The national curriculum programme of study includes expectations for each year group from Year 1 through to Year 6 as average expectations for the majority of children in that year group.

Parents should be aware that many aspects of mathematics are taught in a variety of different ways, some of which will be significantly different to their own experience at school. Our aim is to encourage children to learn a variety of methods to calculate, so they can apply different methods in different circumstances. We endeavour to help parents also understand some of these different methods too, particularly for understanding and supporting homework. We encourage all parents to help their children learn important number bonds (up to 20, then up to 100), moving on to knowing their multiplication tables (x2, x5 and x10 in Year 2; x3, x4 and x8 in Year 3; all tables up to x12 in Year 4) and more advanced calculation skills, as directed by class teachers.

Each child has their own Target Card, matching the level at which they are working; this helps them, and their parents, to understand the expectations for their work and also how best to move on in their learning by taking the next step. Successes are celebrated in assembly and rewarded with a mathematician’s certificate.

April 2014

 

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