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Maths

Warstones Primary School have been fully engaged with the new Mathematics curriculum since September 2014, and we’ve been very happy with the way in which the children have embraced the new approach to deepen their understanding of Maths. 

Here at Warstones Primary School, we follow the nationally recognised ‘White Rose’ planning tool which focuses children on developing and embedding key number skills before moving onto other aspects of the curriculum.

We share the belief 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.

Aims 

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

* Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time. 

* Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. 

* Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of 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 mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into distinct areas, but pupils will make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will 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 will always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.

Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including additional practice, before moving on. 

In order to support the teaching and delivery of Mathematics, we use our uniquely designed Visual Calculation Policy which helps children to learn through the use of visual prompts and reminders, see our attached document below. 

 

Visual Calculation Policy