Maths at Christ Church CE Primary School
Maths is about finding real solutions to real 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.
At Christ Church, our aim is to ensure our children develop the skills that will help them to solve everyday problems, both for now and as adults. We want them to be confident with their maths, to engage with it, be mystified, challenged and develop the resilience needed to solve intriguing problems. We aim therefore to not merely teach processes but to enable our learners to grasp the underlying principles of mathematics by providing opportunities to use maths in a real context.
The new Mathematics curriculum aims to deepen understanding of mathematics and was introduced into years 1, 3, 4 and 5 in September 2014 and in years 2 and 6 this academic year. Children are taught in ability groups to ensure the correct provision is made, however opportunities are also provided for them to work in mixed abilities where they can learn from each other.
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 mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are therefore organised into distinct domains, but pupils will make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will 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.
Useful Documents to read that will help parents working with their children at home
- Maths Calculations - breaks down the methods that are taught in the school for each year. This can be found by selecting the Policies tab at the top of the website.
- Select your child's year band within the curriculum overviews tab to view the maths curriculum.