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 nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Thameside Primary, we follow the White Rose Mathematics schemes of learning, which is linked to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. We use the White Rose Mathematics schemes of learning as they encourage the use of concrete, practical equipment for all year groups before moving on to pictorial and then abstract learning. Different areas of learning in mathematics follow a two- to five-week block of learning, allowing children to consolidate and deepen their knowledge, skills and understanding.
We teach children to become fluent in mathematics by varying their methods and frequently practising ways to calculate. This allows pupils to observe and undertake a variety of methods before they progress to using formal methods of calculation. As a result, pupils are given the opportunity to use concrete equipment, gaining a full understanding of what and how they are actually calculating, rather than just learning a method, which can be easily forgotten or becomes muddled.
We also work with the children on developing their reasoning and problem-solving skills as applying their understanding of calculations to written problems is a skill in itself and needs direct teaching and understanding.
Learning basic skills - times tables and number bonds - is essential in enabling children to access all areas of the mathematics curriculum. To help motivate pupils to learn their times tables, we use Times tables Rock Stars and hold regular competitions.