The three main aims of the National Curriculum (2014) for mathematics are:
- 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
All classes follow the national curriculum for mathematics. At Barby, we use a mastery approach which enables children to spend longer on a particular concept in order to secure their understanding before moving on. Children are being given many opportunities to learn maths through more open-ended investigations and problem solving. In addition, we are helping the children to develop their reasoning skills through a range of strategies including ‘odd one out’, ‘what’s the same, what’s different?’ ‘always, sometimes, never’ and ‘POG’ (peculiar, obvious, general). As we progress through the year, there will be an increased focus on ensuring that all children develop a secure understanding of number sense, particularly in Early Years and Key Stage 1.
The structure of the maths curriculum in each year group can be found below.