Maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy. An education in mathematics 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.
We aim to develop confidence in mental calculation skills providing children with a range of mathematical strategies and understanding necessary for life. Pupils are taught to apply arithmetic fluency to problems with increasing sophistication.
Throughout our maths we concentrate on ensuring children understand how maths works and the development of a good understanding of number. Number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables and doubling are practised and developed at school and at home. We place emphasis on investigation and practical activities working on exploration of number, shape, space, measurement and data handling. Homework reinforces objectives from the lesson and provides opportunities to practise key skills. Links are made across the curriculum wherever possible to enhance the children’s understanding of mathematics.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims for all pupils to: -
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time
- 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
- solve problems by applying 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
For more detailed information about our maths curriculum, please see Maths Progression.