The new National Curriculum states that:
“Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.”
At Warren Farm, we see Maths very much as a multi-discipline, cross curricular, interconnected subject which should encourage creativity. Most lessons revolve around the discussion about Maths between talk partners as it does the completion of calculations. We want the children to see Mathematics as being relevant to their world and applicable to everyday life as well as being something that they will need as they move on through their school life and ultimately to the world of employment.
To that end, we provide a high-quality, inter-related and creative Maths experience that develops the children’s ability to think mathematically and allows them to apply the tools to which they have been exposed in a variety of ways.
Following the introduction of the new National Curriculum in 2014, we have adopted the mastery approach; the emphasis is to ensure that all children:
REASON and EXPLAIN mathematically.
Can SOLVE PROBLEMS.
This means that children need to be regularly exposed to opportunities involving increasingly complex problem solving which allows them to apply their Math’s knowledge. In doing so they should be encouraged to develop an argument and line of enquiry which they can prove and justify using mathematical vocabulary. This includes the ability to break down problems, both routine and non-routine, into a series of steps.
Through our Early Years Curriculum a heavy emphasis is placed upon practical math; incorporating Numicon and the understanding of environmental number. The children follow a structured programme of daily math lessons which takes them on a journey through their Early Learning Mathematical Development.
Key Stage 1 & 2
At Warren Farm we follow the Inspire Maths Scheme. Maths is taught to all children in year group classes. Each child will have an equal entitlement to all aspects of the Maths curriculum and to experience the full range of Maths activities. Therefore, in delivering Maths, care will be taken to ensure that a variety or learning styles are accessed and teaching methods adopted.
Quick recall of facts and procedures.
The flexibility and fluidity to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics.
The ability to recognise relationships and make connections in mathematics.
REPRESENTATION & STRUCTURE
Mathematical structures are the key patterns and generalisations that underpin sets of numbers – they are the laws and relationships that we want children to spot. Using different representations can help children to ‘see’ these laws and relationships.
Procedural variation – This is a deliberate change in the type of examples used and questions set, to draw attention to certain features. Conceptual variation – When a concept is presented in different ways, to show what a concept is, in all of its different forms.
MATHEMATICAL THINKING INVOLVES:
Looking for pattern and relationships
Teachers develop detailed knowledge of the curriculum in order to break the mathematics down into small steps to develop mastery and address all aspects in a logical progression. This will ensure deep and sustainable learning for all pupils.
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