In line with the National Curriculum Objectives for Mathematics, our intent is that all pupils:
- 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; and
- 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.
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
The key ideas central to our approach are:
- The Teaching for Mastery approach and the 5 Big Ideas for Mastery - fluency, representation and structure, mathematical thinking, variation and coherence. These will be evident in all lessons.
- Lessons provide access for all children to succeed and master concepts.
- Lessons provide an opportunity for reasoning and discussing methods and strategies.
- We expect and encourage children to use mathematical language to describe, discuss, examine, explain, justify and synthesize.