Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of our 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.
Throughout Year 6 pupils will be given the opportunity to master new methods and develop fluency through a variety of approaches including reasoning and problem-solving lessons. Pupils will complete short topic-based, formative assessments. These assessments monitor progress and identify when intervention and additional support is required. Year 6 pupils have two written home works each week.
Throughout Year 7 and 8 pupils will continue to build on key stage 2, developing connections across mathematical ideas to improve fluency, recall and the ability to apply their mathematical reasoning in solving increasingly complex problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects. Pupils will continue to complete short topic-based, formative assessments. These assessments monitor progress and identify when intervention and additional support is required. Year 7 and 8 pupils have one homework each week.
At KS3 pupils require a scientific calculator, we recommend the Casio FX83/85 GT-X.