At Long Lane Primary School the maths curriculum is delivered using the Early Learning Goals (EYFS) and the National Curriculum (KS1 and KS2) to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum. We offer a rich, relevant and progressive mathematics curriculum that aims to teach children the mathematical skills they require for success in everyday life and to develop their confidence and ability to apply these skills in real life situations. Maths is taught through a daily numeracy lesson where number and calculations make up much of the main focus of learning. Children need to develop quick recall of number facts, including multiplication tables, to enable them to solve progressively complex problems with confidence. For this reason, there is also an emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic, through varied and repeated practice, and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in different situations. Where appropriate, we shall meet the needs of individual children by grouping them according to the task, with home learning opportunities to reinforce or extend class teaching.
Through the teaching of mathematics we aim to develop children as successful learners who are confident, inquisitive and independent thinkers. Children will question and explore their own and each other’s mathematical ideas. We encourage children to deepen and widen their thinking through:
- Becoming fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
- Reasoning mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- Solving 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.
Note: At Long Lane, problem solving and reasoning is integrated into lessons. Sometimes lessons will have a problem solving focus where a specific problem solving skill may be taught, but generally problem solving happens within the context of other lessons.