At Graveney Primary School our Maths curriculum aims (of the national curriculum for mathematics are) to ensure that all pupils:
become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practise with increasingly complex problems, so that the pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, predicting and testing 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 focus of our mathematics lessons will be the teaching of skills, methods and facts to enable pupils to solve problems. The children will be required to learn number facts with quick recall, so that when learning new methods they can concentrate on the process. The number facts they need e.g. times tables should not hinder their development. The children will be given time to practise skills so they become fluent in calculation methods and other mathematical skills e.g. using a protractor. However our focus will be on enabling children to use these skills to solve problems, as we feel there are limited reasons for children knowing how to do something if they do not understand when it is appropriate to use it. The expectation will be that children can explain their mathematical thinking; maths lessons should not always be quiet lessons, but interactive and fun, with children engaged in tasks, sharing ideas and solving problems.
Alongside the lessons we also have a Guided Maths session daily. This session enables the children to further engage in mathematics by working individually or in groups through mathematic challenges, games, activities and focused work to increase or extended their understanding of the week’s focus.
While paying close attention to the whole mathematics curriculum, the priority in the classroom will be number work, taking up about 75% of the time. However the children will also cover work on shape, data handling and measures.