Mathematics

‘Mathematics may not teach us how to add love or minus hate. But it gives us every reason to hope that every problem has a solution.’

Maths skills are essential to everyday life. Our maths curriculum is designed to provide children with the skills and confidence that they need to be successful mathematicians, at school and beyond. Not only is our aim that every child will develop a deep understanding of maths skills, but we also want our pupils to be confident, inquisitive mathematicians with a love of the subject.

The teaching of maths is built on three principle areas: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Fluency is about ensuring that the children have the key mental maths and arithmetic skills – they need quick recall of key facts such as times tables and a solid understanding of written methods for all four operations (appropriate to their age). Reasoning is essentially mathematical thinking – can they explain how they have found an answer and how they know that their answer is right? Can they think critically about the work of others? Finally, problem solving is the ability to apply these skills to a range of real life problems.

Our teachers use a range of resources to promote understanding in maths and to support their lesson planning. Our maths lessons follow the expectations set out in the National Curriculum and the strategies taught in each year group is defined in our Calculation Policy. We follow the White Rose mastery curriculum, which means that rather than a short focus on each skill, repeated each term, we teach each concept in a ‘block’ which ensures a deeper understanding. Of course, these skills are naturally revisited through other areas of maths, as good maths learning is all about making connections.

Both the Calculation Policy and the overview of topics for each year group can be found below.

Here is a list of the key vocabulary, by year group, used across the school.

Have a look at the vocabulary your child uses.

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