The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Kingswood to experience the enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding.
We foster a positive ‘can do’ attitude and we promote the fact that ‘We can all do maths!’ We believe all children can achieve in mathematics and that there is no ceiling to learning. We teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through progressive tasks. Mistakes and misconceptions are considered an essential part of learning and teachers help children to view them as such. We believe that all children should be given the opportunity to be challenged and explore their mathematics more deeply. As such any child, no matter their current attainment, will receive extra challenges if they reach a good understanding of the current maths learning. All children will be given daily opportunities to reason, prove and problems solve.
At Kingswood Primary Academy, we believe that all children can achieve in maths. Our approach to Mathematics promotes a deep understanding alongside a recognition of the need for fluency in everyday number skills. We aim to create independent mathematicians who are well-equipped to apply their learning to the wider world. Our approach aims to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to become:
Visualisers – we use the CPA approach to help pupils understand mathematics and to make connections between different representations.
Describers – we place great emphasis on mathematical language and questioning, so pupils can discuss the mathematics they are doing, and so support them to take ideas further.
Experimenters – as well as being fluent mathematicians, we want pupils to love and learn more about mathematics
All children are expected to succeed and make progress from their starting points and to have confidence and competence in mathematics. Maths lessons are characterised by the promotion of mathematical language, reasoning and the consistent use of the CPA approach to help pupils understand mathematics and to make connections between different representations. Children to develop quick and efficient recall of facts and procedures and the flexibility to move between different contents and representations of mathematics. Representations used in lessons expose the mathematical structure being taught, the aim being that students can do the maths without recourse to the representation. In lessons concepts are represented in more than one way to draw attention to the critical aspects and to develop deep and holistic understanding. Problem-solving is central to every topic and exercises in teaching and follow-up practice involve problems throughout the topic to enable children to understand the need to and be able to apply mathematics to real situations.
By the end of KS2 we aim for children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. They should have the skills and the resilience to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios. Children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.