The Mathematics teaching within the Federation is based on the 2014 New National Curriculum.
The main aim of this is to raise standards and expectations across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The curriculum sets out three broad aims to develop:
- Fluency (rapid recall of facts and competency in performing a range of calculations);
- Mathematical reasoning;
- Problem solving.
The mathematics curriculum covers key areas: Number and Place Value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages, measure, geometry, algebra, ration and proportion and statistics.
There is a big shift towards mathematical reasoning and problem solving and this will be reflected in the Year 6 assessments from 2016, with the majority of marks being awarded for questions which involve these skills, not just basic calculations.
Across the Federation we have a “can do” approach where children are encouraged to have a positive attitude towards maths. Maths lessons provide children with opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge based on real life problem solving situations. Mathematical thinking is developed through discussion; this helps children to approach problems with an open mind and to understand that some problems have more than one answer.
Website links to develop maths understanding and skills
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Cottons Farm (children have own logins) http://scs.mathletics.com/SignInIFrame.asp?ccode=CAN&host=www.mathletics.ca
Mental maths boot camp (preparation for Y6 SATs) http://www.compare4kids.co.uk/mental-maths.php