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,
- can articulate justification or proof using mathematical language and 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.
At Nancledra we believe that the curriculum is a powerful tool that promotes a love of learning, a willingness to explore and time to have fun. We use the National Curriculum (2014) as a starting point for a wide and varied learning experience for our children.
In 2018 we integrated the Mastery Approach to teaching Maths which will ensure a structured conceptual progression to the understanding of number and calculation. By utilising this approach, we will provide a progression through concrete, pictorial and abstract representations of numerical concepts. We have taken advice and guidance from DfE – “Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools “ Guidance for KS1 & KS2 published in July 2020 (updated January 2021)
- To teach children how to calculate accurately and fluently, recognising that the ability to calculate mentally lies at the heart of numeracy.
- To teach children to use practical resources to help structure conceptual understanding
- To teach children written recording strategies to help clarify thinking and support mental calculation strategies.
- To teach children written calculation methods (algorithms) to ensure accuracy and reliability when making complex calculations.
The long-term aim is for children to be able to select an efficient method of their choice which is appropriate for a given task. They should do this by asking themselves;
“Can I do this in my head?”
“Can I do this in my head using practical resources, drawings or jottings?”
“Do I need to use a written method?
|Maths Calculation Policy 21-22||[pdf 5MB]|