Key Stage 1
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.
(National Curriculum, 2014)
The aims of the National 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.
· Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
· 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.
Our teachers use a concrete, pictorial to abstract method to ensure children have plenty of practical exploration, discussion, reasoning and application of ideas. Using an “ I do, we do, you do approach” children are supported to independence in their understanding. For this reason we use Power Maths ™ and the resources from White Rose Hub and NCTEM to support planning, teaching and assessment.
In 20-21 we will be using the excellent DfE / NCTEM Maths guidance for Years 1 and 2 to establish our starting position for the school year and to plan strategically from there.