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
All children at Morland Area C of E School follow the 2014 (updated 2021) mathematics programme of study; they are supported through a variety of approaches, technologies and materials to help make their maths learning fun, engaging and challenging.
There are daily maths lessons for all children using our ‘Busy Ants’ maths scheme, daily mental maths sessions - ‘Big Maths’, as well as opportunities to access an online resource, Purplemash. All children are carefully tracked in their learning and progress is monitored closely. Children complete weekly timetables tests, Big Maths tests and Busy Ants assessments. We have found that children enjoy improving their mental maths skills and these transfer into lessons where children have the opportunity to engage in deeper problem solving.
At Morland Area C of E School we believe in developing a mastery curriculum in mathematics. We are very fortunate to have two teachers working as part of a local maths hub connected to a collaborative national network coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) The aim of this professional network, is to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students.