Mastery of maths is the deep, sustainable learning which gives children a clear understanding of why and how they complete a task. It gives children the ability to reason and talk in depth about their work. Year groups follow this format with reasoning and problem-solving at the heart of their lessons
The five strands of maths – number, calculation, measure, data handling, shape & space – are taught on a rolling programme throughout the year; concepts are continually revisited and reinforced, then extended to enable new understandings. In each of the strands, pupils are taught to work mentally, to develop paper and pencil skills, and to understand how to apply what they know to real-life situations.
Key objectives of our maths curriculum by year group
Please click on this link to see a document detailing the objectives of our maths curriculum for the current academic year.
It is the expectation that multiplication tables up to 12 will be learned by the end of Year 4. Pupils in Year 5 and 6 practise tables for speed and accuracy, but the focus turns to mental maths strategies.
Standard written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are taught. Keystage One develops an understanding of addition and subtraction through the use of number lines. By the end of Keystage Two, most pupils will be using written methods for all four operations. Click here to see our Calculation Policy.
Problem solving and investigations
Developing independence in mathematical thinking is key to producing confident and mathematically-minded children. Pupils are given the opportunity regularly to solve problems and investigations in pairs or small groups. They are encouraged to develop their own reasoning and strategies.
The language of mathematics
Accurate language is encouraged from the time our children start in Reception. New vocabulary is introduced each year and the children are expected to use correct terminology. Paired and group talk in maths is vital to building children’s understanding and use of mathematical vocabulary.
Where possible, the use of concrete resources is encouraged to help children grasp abstract concepts. Each classroom has its own set of resources, and keystage shared resources are regularly audited and updated.
The school has a subscription to RMEasimaths.
Its pages are used to support children with their class maths.