Maths

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.  (2014 National Curriculum)

The National Curriculum (2014) aims that all children:

  • 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.

  • Can 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.

 

In order to develop a deep knowledge of concepts, we use White Rose Maths which starts in EYFS using concrete objects (such as cubes, base 10, objects and counters) which equips children with a strong knowledge and understanding that supports them through to Year 6. To continue to challenge all learners in the classroom, reasoning and problem-solving opportunities are offered in every lesson. Some of the question stems that we use include:

 

  • What would happen if…?

  • If …………………….. then ……………………………..

  • Can you prove it?

  • I already know …………… so …………………………..

 

Please encourage your child to practice their maths skills at home. Some useful websites include:

 

There are lots of activities you can do which do not involve technology some ideas are:

  • Measure toys around your house and then order

  • Look for different shapes – what is the same / what is different?

  • Telling the time

  • Writing out number bonds or representing them with stones or toys

  • Physically make up your times tables using items from your house

  • Find sticks and order them – what shapes could you create?

Priestley Primary School, Prince Charles Drive, CALNE, Wiltshire SN11 8TG