Why we teach Mathematics in our school
At Greenfields we want children to achieve a secure foundation in mathematics. It is an essential means of communication, enabling us to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle practical tasks and real life problems. It helps us to make decisions, experiment, investigate and predict. Children need to acquire a wide range of mathematical concepts, skills and techniques to help them prepare for adult life, employment, further study and training.
Primary mathematics is set in the context of a variety of situations and experiences providing opportunities for intellectual excitement. It is creative and imaginative. It is a search for patterns and relationships.
We aim to secure mastery of maths through:
- a love of maths
- confidence, competence and fluency in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
- the ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
- both independence and cooperation
- the application of mathematical skills across the curriculum
- investigative skills
At Greenfields we follow the National Curriculum.
“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.”
National Curriculum in England, 2014
We are aiming for mastery of mathematical concepts. We believe that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in mathematics. Teaching is underpinned by methodical curriculum design and supported by carefully crafted lessons and resources to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge. Practice and consolidation play a central role.
Models and images are used throughout the school to expose the underlying structure of mathematics. Once children are confident with the underlying structure of a concept they are able to apply it to more abstract problems.