Mathematics is a creative discipline and is essential to everyday life. A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Our mathematics teaching focuses on embedding knowledge and building upon what children already know, making connections to aid deeper understanding. We aim to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time. Pupils will have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems, reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecture relationships and generalisations, and develop an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. They will have experience of solving 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.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are organised into distinct areas of study: place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, geometry and statistics. However, we ensure pupils make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving problems. We also provide opportunities for children to apply their mathematical knowledge to other subjects as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.

Children study mathematics daily. Alongside maths lessons, an additional short session is spent focusing on basic mathematics skills and fast and fluent recall of number facts or proficient use of written methods. We also focus on mathematical vocabulary to broaden and deepen mathematical understanding and enable learners to talk about, and explain their ideas about maths and problem solving.

We aim for each child to be confident in each yearly objective and develop their ability to use this knowledge to develop a greater depth understanding to solve varied fluency problems as well as problem solving and reasoning questions. We use a range resources throughout the school to ensure a curriculum that is specific to each child’s learning needs.

Maths Curriculum Overviews

Maths Knowledge Organisers


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