Mathematics is essential for everyday life. It introduces children to strategies and skills to help them make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes which they encounter in the world around them. At Northbourne CEP School, we believe that through Maths, all our children develop their sense of curiosity and creativity and that it equips them with the skills they need for life.
We teach Mathematics daily and follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics which aims for all pupils to:
- 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 Northbourne, we are developing a mastery approach to teaching Maths. We are working collaboratively with the Kent Maths Hub, and schools from across the region, to embed our mastery skills and practice. This enables the children to gain a deep understanding of the Maths they are learning, giving them a solid foundation which they can build upon as they progress through the school. Part of this is learning key number facts such as number bonds and multiplication facts from very early in their education; this builds confidence in the children as they develop fluency and understanding which they can apply to solving problems.
Applying Maths practically to their learning is a key part of how we teach Maths at Northbourne, using our resources inside and outside school in our Maths learning – like this:
Creating symmetrical pictures and shapes outside
Making and spotting patters using manipulatives
Creating a human number line