At Horton Kirby CE Primary School we aim to promote high-standards and deliver high-quality teaching and learning of mathematics enabling everyone to work with confidence and fluency so that they are ready to reason well, solve problems and use mathematics beyond their primary school years and throughout their lives. As a result of our high-standards, high-quality teaching and embedding long term learning through mathematics, we intend to give our children the best possible opportunity to fulfil their full potential and to be confident in approaching any problem with in the world around them.
We aim to ensure that through understanding the needs of our individual children and delivering an engaging, challenging curriculum, all pupils will:
- 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
- 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.
- We aim to place problem solving and investigative skills at the heart of our mathematics teaching. We recognise that collaboration and communication are crucial life skills and should be developed in our mathematics teaching.
- Engage in the full coverage of the mathematics curriculum each year ensuring that there is continuous progression of skills from EYFS up to Year 6
We teach maths to ensure there is full National Curriculum coverage where children are given opportunities to develop their reasoning, problem solving and fluency skills. The maths curriculum ensures progress by planning for effective questioning, differentiation, challenge and independent learning. Daily plans show assessment for learning opportunities which then feed into the next day’s lesson to ensure appropriate challenge and tasks are carefully planned for to allow progression in all mathematical areas, this also allows adults to tackle misconceptions with pupils before the next day’s maths lesson which means that children who do not fully grasps mathematical concepts do not fall behind in their learning.
Children in Years 1 and 2 will be given a really solid foundation in the basic building blocks of mental and written arithmetic. Through being taught place value, children will develop an understanding of how numbers work, so that they are confident with 2-digit numbers and beginning to read and say numbers above 100. In Lower Key Stage 2, children build on the concrete and conceptual understandings they have gained in Key Stage 1 to develop a real mathematical understanding of the four operations, in particular developing arithmetical competence in relation to larger numbers. This knowledge and understanding is then built on in Upper Key Stage 2 when children move on from dealing mainly with whole numbers to performing arithmetic operations with both decimals and fractions.
We teach maths for life, as part of cultural heritage and to begin to prepare children for life beyond school by considering the role of mathematics in their daily lives. Through developing maths skills children become better at thinking logically and analytically. Through solving problems children develop resilience and are able to think creatively and strategically. The skills we teach in maths will enable children to shine in other areas of the curriculum such as computing, geography and science. Our vision and values within this school link well to our overall teaching of maths, ensuring that respect, responsibility, reflection and resilience are at the forefront of the children’s learning. We teach Maths in a safe and nurturing environment where children are able to grow in their knowledge and skills. We want children to be able to leave primary school with the key skills, knowledge and understanding to be successful global citizens.