At Harlow Green Primary school, we embrace the aims of the National Curriculum: fluency, accuracy, precision, reasoning and problem solving. ‘Mastery approaches’ to teaching mathematics are used to ensure deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. We believe that mastery of mathematics is a tool for life and teachers reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in mathematics.
As a school, we aim to produce confident learners who are able to see and make connections between the different areas of Mathematics. All students can succeed in mathematics; a positive mind-set and strong subject knowledge are key to their success. Mathematical learning at Harlow Green will allow children to deepen their understanding and master key concepts giving them the opportunity to use their skills and confidence to contribute positively to society.
Mrs S. Chapman – Mathematics Lead
Purpose of study
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.
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 non-routine 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 representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should 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 should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
The full National Curriculum for Mathematics can be found by downloading the document below.
Although we aim to support children to have the mental capacity to calculate with confidence and accuracy using mental methods, there comes a point when the numbers involved are too difficult and, consequently, require written methods.
To support children to calculate with the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), we have selected methods which the children can learn through a systematic approach and which develop over the time in KS1 and KS2.
We hope the videos will help provide guidance of how the methods are employed, especially for parents/carers who may wish to support their children at home.