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. 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.
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 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.
At Lanesfield, Maths is taught daily for one hour in Key Stages 1 and 2. In addition to this, we encourage cross curricular links with other areas of the curriculum to incorporate Maths.
Each week the children are taught a different area of Maths using Medium Term Plans (MTP’s) based on the National Curriculum. The topics the children cover are number and place value; addition and subtraction; multiplication and division; fractions (including decimals and percentages); ratio and proportion; algebra), geometry (which includes properties of shape and position and direction), statistics and measurement. The children are assessed against Age Related Expectations and these are categorised as ‘Entering’, ‘Developing’, ‘Secure’ and ‘Mastery’.
We believe that Maths plays a fundamental part in learning about the world around us. Teachers are encouraged to ensure that each lesson has a real life context (where possible) and that learning is fun and achievable. We provide opportunities for problem solving and reasoning, as well as practical activities to make learning engaging and accessible for all. In addition, we dedicate time in class to learn our times tables as it is a requirement that children know these up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4.