Our Mathematics Curriculum
Mathematics 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. – Primary National Curriculum
At All Saints we aspire to provide quality first education in maths that provides children with the foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the relevance of mathematics in everyday lives and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. The new curriculum outlines a clear set of end of year expectations for each year group and has three main aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practise 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, 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.
Here at All Saints we use the White Rose scheme from Year 1 – Year 6 and focus on number sense in EYFS. Teachers adapt and extend these resources to suit the needs of their class and to support the children’s mathematical learning and understanding.
The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practise, before moving on.
Click the link below to see the National Curriculum Mathematics programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2.
Supporting your child with maths
The biggest support you can provide for your child is to take an active interest in what your child is learning about in class and to encourage them to ask questions about maths in the real world. Some ideas for this are:
- Encourage your child to explain their learning to you
- Practise basic maths skills together e.g. counting in different steps, times tables, naming and describing shapes
- Research areas of maths together; help them to formulate questions
- Search the Internet with your child to learn together about maths; there are a few useful websites below.