The National Curriculum states that: Mathematics is far more than simply a core curriculum topic; it 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. Developing numerical fluency prepares children to access a world surrounded by number. It equips young people with key skills such as calculating, estimating, observing and predicting, which will be used widely throughout their lives.
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all 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.
We ensure that every pupil has the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve as high a standard as possible. All children access the Mathematics National Curriculum Programmes of Study and make progress through appropriately differentiated work. We use White Rose Planning from the Surrey Maths Hub to plan our Maths lessons. There is a termly plan for each year group and each term is split into twelve weeks. You will see from the overviews that a significant amount of time is devoted to developing key number concepts each year. This is to build their fluency as number sense will affect their success in other areas of mathematics. Pupils who are successful with number are much more confident mathematicians.
To help support their learning, the children have been given their logins for Mathletics and their times table target. Mathletics is a great online resource which has excellent games for the children to play. The children can either go on this on a laptop or by downloading an app onto a tablet. Starting next week, the children will be being set homework on a regular basis using Mathletics. Those who prefer to, will be given an opportunity to use the school computers during homework club every Wednesday and Friday. The Mathletics website can be accessed by clicking here
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