MATHS AT NORTHWAY
Through the Maths curriculum at Northway Primary, we build children's confidence as mathematicians, resulting in them being able to apply what they have learnt independently. All staff understand and value the importance of the concrete, pictorial and abstract learning process for Maths. Children often begin learning about new mathematical concepts by using and manipulating concrete resources, before establishing ways of pictorially and formally representing their understanding.
Within the Early Years, our pupils experience Maths primarily through the use of concrete resources during exploration within the continuous provision areas, as well as daily discrete Maths sessions. The focus is on understanding the value and composition of numbers as well as exploring shape, pattern and measure. This learning ensures that children secure the fundamentals of maths, ready to progress into the next phase of their learning.
During Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, children will be taught the National Curriculum for Maths, and will develop their understanding of the different strands of learning:
- Number and Place Value
- Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
- Ratio and Proportion
As a mixed-aged class school, we work within teams to carefully sequence and structure the curriculum to ensure the key learning objectives from each year group are delivered in line with the National Curriculum and opportunities are provided throughout the year to revisit and review.
The three key aims that rest at the heart of our mathematics curriculum are:
- For pupils to 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.
- For pupils to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, identifying relationships and making generalisations and be able to justify their reasoning with mathematical vocabulary.
- For pupils to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions, following our school values.
By achieving these aims, our children will leave Northway as fluent and confident mathematicians, ready for the next phase of their learning.