At Upland Primary School, we endeavour to teach our children a rich and progressive curriculum. We believe that Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us. In our school, we want to help children to understand and appreciate the pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives in and out of school. We teach maths through fluency, problem solving and reasoning. We encourage the children to develop these key and fundamental skills through their growing knowledge and understanding of the world. We want children to learn to appreciate the contribution made by many people to the development of Mathematics in our ever growing society.
The National Curriculum for primary mathematics has three aims that should be at the heart of how we interpret the content of the curriculum.
In developing children’s skills in this context, “fluency” refers to knowing key mathematical facts and methods and recalling these efficiently. It is widely acknowledged that practice, drill and memorisation are essential if students are to become mathematically fluent.
At Upland Primary School, Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and it is with this in mind that we endeavour to ensure that children develop self-confidence in their ability to approach a range of mathematical problems. Children use fluency skills learnt and apply them to ‘real-life’ problems.
The progression and development of mental calculations and efficiency in strategies will provide children with the skills which will allow them to communicate and present their findings effectively using appropriate mathematical language.
By providing opportunities to apply their mathematical skills in different contexts and across a range of subject areas, children will be able to work systematically to organise information, find patterns and ultimately solutions through independent and collaborative learning.