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Mathematics

Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Newton Bluecoat C of E Primary School to experience the power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding and positive attitudes. We believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and we teach secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems. We aim for all pupils to:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately

  • be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including unfamiliar contexts and modelling real-life scenarios

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language

  • have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately in order to be successful in mathematics.

AIMS

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing 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.

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, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

 

Below are some websites that parents and their children may find useful.

  1. National Numeracy Parent Toolkit has a wealth of tips and advice for parents. 

http://www.nnparenttoolkit.org.uk/

  1. Oxford Owl includes a range of activities, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths. 

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/maths/

  1. Maths 4 Mums and Dads explains some of the milestones children make between the ages of 3-and-11-years-old. 

http://www.maths4mumsanddads.co.uk/index.php

  1. A range of maths games, problems and articles on all areas of maths.

 https://nrich.maths.org/

List of websites for children.

 Key Learning Objectives : Mathematics