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.Here at Hartburn Primary School all pupils from Year 1 are set for Maths according to ability. All pupils follow a maths scheme for Mental Arithmetic, which is a whole-school approach to maths teaching devised by Andrew Dunn. It focuses on building a strong understanding of maths basics through the use of the Schofield & Sims Mental Arithmetic books. Alongside this there is a whole school approach to developing and securing Times Table knowledge, each pupil works towards completing the class Maths Challenge which tracks their progress through the challenge.