Maths in the National Curriculum
The curriculum has three aims.
Pupils need to become fluent in their understanding of maths. We will ensure varied practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop a deep understanding but have the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
Using models and images remains key to securing this understanding and fluency. Teachers target the development of all pupils’ deep understanding of important concepts and progression within the lesson and over time. It enables pupils to make connections between topics and see the ‘big picture’. Teachers will exploit links between mathematics and other subjects and with mathematics beyond the classroom.
Pupils need to be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, suggesting and testing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument or justification using mathematical language. Focused mathematics talk will remain central to maths lessons.
Pupils need to be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Here at Southroyd we aim to support pupils to work mathematically, reason and problem solve in all lessons. Teachers will use a very wide range of teaching strategies to stimulate all pupils’ active participation in their learning together with innovative and imaginative resources, including practical activities and, where appropriate, the outdoor environment.
To aid fluency each class runs a Maths Olympics session three times a week .Targets from these sessions are taken from KIRFS(Known Instant Recall Facts) Through practical tasks and board games children become more confident and have a firmer grasp of key number facts. These sessions are further supported by our Out Of This World Passport scheme which lets parents work in partnership with school to help their child secure times tables knowledge. Mathletics is an ICT web based programme which is also widely used across school, certificates are routinely celebrated and differentiated learning tasks are set . Mathletics lunchtime clubs continue to be popular with pupils.