Why Teach Mathematics?
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Aims of the National Curriculum
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.
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. (National Curriculum July 2014)
Primary Mathematics Challenge
In Year 5/6, the children have the opportunity to take part a nationwide competition - a series of problem solving challenges.
Certificates are awarded to all participants either bronze, silver or gold.
Whole School Maths Enrichment Day - Subject Revolution
In January the whole school, enjoyed taking part in a series of mathematical challenges covering a range of skills e.g. team work, communication, problem solving and reasoning.
https://www.mathsisfun.com/definitions/index.html - online maths dictionary
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-with-maths - have lots of fun and interactive games
and activities to help get our younger children excited about Maths
Hit the Button (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button) – children love this game as it helps to increase confidence through practising times tables and number bonds.
https://mathszone.co.uk/ – this site is jam-packed with fun ways to learn more about maths.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39 – lots of information alongside short videos help to make the
learning enjoyable and accessible for all children.
https://www.transum.org/Software/Fun_Maths/ - KS2 challenges
https://wild.maths.org/ - KS2 challenges
https://whiterosemaths.com/maths-with-michael - video guides to calculations using the CPA approach
https://whiterosemaths.com/parent-resources- free printable workbooks
Apps and websites used regulary in school and for homework
https://ttrockstars.com/ Games for all - (Year 1 - 6 children) have an account
(TT Rockstars and Numbots)
https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/1-minute-maths - free app to
https://www.mymaths.co.uk/ - Year 1 – 6 children have an account
https://play.edshed.com/en-gb - Mathshed (same password as