We believe that mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Our curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum 2014. It aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, 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 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.
We use the White Rose scheme of work to plan progression through the curriculum, and a variety of resources and tools to provide the best possible teaching for our children. Older children are arranged in ability teaching groups, and our SENDCo and team of LSAs support the maths curriculum by working in individuals and small groups to secure basic knowledge and understanding.
Mathematics is part of weekly homework tasks from Year 2 onwards. In Years 3 and 4 there is also a focus on practising the fast and accurate recall of multiplication table facts at home using an online programme.
Older children enter maths local inter-school mathematics competitions and Year 6 take part in the Primary Maths Challenge. Many are awarded certificates as part of this national competition and some achieve so highly that they go onto take part in ‘bonus rounds’.