The national curriculum states ‘Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas.’ Therefore, the intention for mathematics is to ensure that all pupils become fluent, reason mathematically and solve problems.
At St James School it is our intention to teach the children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. We believe mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science and technology, as well as being necessary for financial literacy. To achieve this, we ensure that our curriculum for mathematics aims 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, finding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
• can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
We also want the children to remember more so that they do more. Therefore, we revisit learning daily by completing a five a day. This allows the four operations to be visited daily with a fifth question being taken from another area of the mathematics’ curriculum.
At the heart of our mathematics’ curriculum, we want every child to experience a sense of awe and wonder as they solve a problem for the first time, discover different solutions and make links between different concepts. This is enhanced by providing our children with a deep understanding of the subject through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach.
For online practise this is a useful website