The National Curriculum for mathematics sets out three aims:
- 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.
This year we have started a phased implementation of “Singapore Maths”. Using a scheme called Inspire Maths, the highly successful Singapore Curriculum has been translated for use in English Schools. It sets aspirational expectations for pupils above and beyond that required by the National Curriculum document. The basic principal behind this way of teaching maths is to use the well established theory of cognitive development that states that children learn best by using “concrete materials” to understand new concepts, moving to pictorial representations which they draw in their books finally moving to abstract representations such a vertical written methods of addition or subtraction.
In 2016/17 Inspire Maths is being introduced to years 1 to 4. We will continue with our current scheme for years 5 and 6. In September 2017 we will introduce the Inspire Maths scheme to the latter groups.
The general focus in mathematics is on number work, including place value, the four number operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and fractions (including decimals and percentages). We cover all the other aspects of Maths throughout the year including:
•geometry (properties of shapes, position and direction)
•ratio and proportion