Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected 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.
Provision maps clearly set out the knowledge and skills we wish for children to gain at each stage of their learning journey through years 1-6. These can be found on class pages. They define the key mathematical concepts children will cover each year and the order in which they will learn them. Our approach to sequencing for maths mastery and class overviews can be found here.
Objective maps build upon prior learning strategically by ensuring that all children recap and revisit previous year’s objectives to ensure security of earlier skills before moving forward. This ensures our curriculum is planned and sequenced to build upon prior learning.
At our school, we conduct half-termly Teacher assessments and Assessment points to monitor our students’ progress throughout the year. Our ultimate goal for our primary school students in mathematics is to provide them with a solid foundation of numerical understanding, fluency in recalling key mathematical facts, and the confidence to apply these skills in real-life situations. We also strive to develop our students’ learning abilities, ensuring they become responsible and motivated learners who embrace opportunities for growth.
We prioritize teaching our students to be articulate and confident in explaining their reasoning using mathematical language. Additionally, we encourage them to be resilient when faced with challenges or problems, so they can carry this skill with them into secondary school and beyond. We aim to equip our students with the ability to apply their mathematical knowledge to new and unfamiliar situations, as well as a secure understanding of mathematical vocabulary that they can use with confidence in both oral and written communication.
Our curriculum aligns with the national standards, which emphasizes the importance of developing fluency in fundamental mathematical concepts, reasoning mathematically, and applying this knowledge when solving increasingly complex problems. Our students are taught to develop their critical thinking skills by following a line of inquiry, making conjectures, and generalizations, and developing arguments, justifications, or proofs using mathematical language. They also learn to approach problems with perseverance and to break them down into simpler steps to seek solutions.
As part of our monitoring process throughout the year, we conduct half-termly assessments, including teacher assessments and assessment points, to track the progress of our students. When it comes to mathematics, our ultimate goal is for our students to achieve certain end points by the time they leave primary school. These end points include having a solid understanding of numbers and the confidence to perform mental calculations, the ability to recall key mathematical facts, and the drive to become responsible and motivated learners who seize opportunities for growth and development.
In addition, we strive to help our students become proficient at articulating their thoughts, ideas, and reasoning, using mathematical language and reasoning throughout our primary curriculum to promote this. We also aim to instill in our students the resilience and problem-solving skills they need to face challenges and overcome obstacles, both in secondary school and in life beyond. Our goal is to provide our students with a strong foundation of mathematical knowledge that they can draw upon and apply to enhance their life chances.
The national curriculum for mathematics is designed to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, gradually building skills and understanding through practice with increasingly complex problems. Students are encouraged to develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Additionally, the curriculum emphasizes the development of reasoning skills, including the ability to follow a line of inquiry, make conjectures, and develop arguments, justifications, or proofs using mathematical language. Finally, students are taught to solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, breaking them down into simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.