The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure 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
– 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.
At Chagford Primary School we use Abacus resources to support the planning and teaching of maths. Concepts and ideas are regularly revisited and built upon as key skills are practiced and developed. In the context of calculations, this is done through:
- establishing pre-requisite knowledge of the number system such as, place value, families of number facts and partitioning
- providing opportunities for calculating in practical contexts and using hands-on materials
- developing mental methods supported by jottings and visual images
- establishing written forms of recording, moving towards more efficient methods over time
It is important that any type of calculation is given a real life context or problem solving approach to help build children’s understanding of the purpose of calculation, and to help them recognise when to use certain operations and methods when faced with problems.
Mathematical learning takes place in a stimulating and inspiring environment. This includes:
- Opportunities for maths to happen in places other than the classroom including outside
- Stimulating, attractive, regularly updated displays – a wide variety of images are used
- Mathematical language is on display, maths dictionaries are available, the use of maths language in other contexts is highlighted
- A wide range of easily accessible resources are easily available for children to use independently to support their learning
- Cross curricular links are made
- Problem solving opportunities are utilised beyond the daily maths lesson
- Practical applications are highlighted
- Children are given opportunities to practice and embed skills
- ICT is used to support learning – interactive white board, visualisers…