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MATHEMATICS

Purpose of study

Understanding the key concepts of Mathematics helps pupils succeed in all subjects of the curriculum and prepares them for the challenges of modern life; being numerate is essential for further education, training or employment.  When pupils learn Mathematics they also learn to make links between concepts, to discover patterns and rules, and to work systematically through problems.  When     pupils learn to communicate their mathematical thinking clearly, they become more confident and more mature learners, raising their attainment and progress in all subject areas.     .

Principles

At Farnham Green Primary School, we strive to:

  • Provide pupils with a consistent diet of good and outstanding Mathematics lessons.
  • Apply the most effective Mathematics policies, informed by research, specialist’s advisors, and Government policies.
  • Offer pupils cross-curricular links, so that gain a true understanding of the inter-connectedness of Mathematics in everyday life.
  • Plan Mathematics provision which provides a clear pathway of continuity and progression across all year groups and key stages.
  • Work in partnership with parents and carers, and empower them to support their children in Mathematics learning.
  • Promote pupils’ progress in mathematics through effective marking and feedback.

 

Key Stage 1 - Years 1 and 2

(Taken from the national curriculum guidance for schools document published October 2013. Updated July 2014)

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources [for example, concrete objects and measuring tools].

Lower key stage 2 – years 3 and 4

(Taken from the national curriculum guidance for schools document published October 2013. Updated July 2014)

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.

 

Upper key stage 2 – years 5 and 6

(Taken from the national curriculum guidance for schools document published October 2013. Updated July 2014)

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

 

Implementation

At Farnham Green Primary School we use the Collins Busy Ants mathematics Scheme of Work.   We understand that every pupil is unique.  Through effective assessment, we aim to ensure that every child makes progress in every Mathematics lesson.  We also provide Booster groups and tailored support packages to ensure that every pupil makes progress.