It is known that an understanding of numbers is a key life skill. At St Cuthbert’s we aim to develop children into enquiring and confident mathematicians. We use the Abacus scheme of work as the basis of our learning in KS1 and KS2. EYFS use Magical Maths as a starting point for their formal understanding of maths. A mathematics policy and separate calculations policy have been written to demonstrate how the learning and implementation of skills occur within St. Cuthbert’s.
The information below is taken directly from the statutory guidance, ‘National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study’ (updated 16 July 2014).
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
· become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practise with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children 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