Aims of the new 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.
Maths At Hextable Primary School
The teaching of mathematics at Hextable Primary is geared towards enabling each pupil to develop their learning without labelling them by ability. We endeavour to not only develop the mathematics skills and understanding required for later life, but also an enthusiasm and fascination about maths itself.
We aim to increase pupil confidence in maths so they are able to express themselves and their ideas using the language of maths with assurance. We recognise the importance of developing factual, procedural and conceptual knowledge.
Magic Ten is a whole school fluency initiative, whereby at some stage every day, every class makes time to have ten minutes focusing on factual fluency. It might be first thing in the morning, or after break, or as a starter for the maths lesson.
What is involved:
- Children singing, chanting or rehearsing a set of number facts, then representing those facts (maybe using the part/part/whole model)
- Reciting these facts and then most importantly looking at how they can apply those facts, so they can derive other facts from that.
If I know that 12 x 4 = 48 then I also know that 12 x 40 = 480 and 120 x 40= 4800. What else do I know from this original calculation?
In Key Stage 1 We are predominantly using it for number bonds, across all numbers, so not just within ten. Then moving on to times table facts and also deriving division facts as well as multiplication facts.
In Key Stage 2 we are using it to improve and consolidate children’s time table knowledge. It has also been used for learning prime numbers to 100. Our aim is that it will improve children’s recall of any number facts they may need quickly.