The National Curriculum for mathematics 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 have understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
- 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.
The content of the mathematics curriculum is divided into 10 parts, although younger years do not cover all parts:
- Number, Place value, Rounding, Approximation & Estimation
- Addition and Subtraction
- Multiplication and Division
- Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
- Geometry – Properties of Shapes
- Geometry – Position, Direction and Movement
- Ratio and Proportion
Throughout the above content, children are focused on ‘Using and Applying’ throughout; children use the skills and knowledge they have gained in solving practical problems independently and with others to both learn and develop mathematical concepts. For each topic taught, our system ensures that the children are fluent with the method, before moving on to reasoning and problem solving activities.
Children undertake 5 sessions of Maths per week including Arithmetic and the practicing of Times Tables – children are expected to know all their Times Tables by Year 4. In addition, just as the English curriculum is embedded across all subjects, so is Maths. From the collection analysis of data in science experiments, to the use of angles in controlling floor robots in computing, to simple counting in music – Maths sits centrally at the heart of our curriculum alongside English.
Here are our Yearly and Medium Term overviews for Maths: