At Jubilee Primary School we believe that a high quality Mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of excitement and curiosity about the subject.
As pupils learn Mathematics at Jubilee Primary School, they acquire fluency in procedures and develop a conceptual understanding, so they are able to solve increasingly complex problems.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Our goal is for all of our children to become confident, creative users and communicators of Mathematics. Our mathematics curriculum provides pupils with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in number, shape, space and measure and handling data.
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage is to ensure that pupils develop a basic understanding of key mathematical skills to be developed further along the key stages. Through extensive teaching and independent learning opportunities children develop skills such as counting, sorting, sharing, halving, capacity, distance, time, 2D and 3D shapes along with number sentence writing. The children have opportunities to explore a range of mathematical resources including Numicon and counting objects. Mathematical understanding is developed through stories, songs, games, imaginative play and concrete, practical experiences. This approach is continued into Year 1 until the children have achieved the Early Learning Goals.
Key Stage 1
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals and the four operations. In Year 1 they are taking on the Maths Mastery approach to embed Maths skills through actions, repetition and practical activities. The children will continue to use practical resources including Numcion and counting objects to ensure that they have a deep understanding before moving onto abstract resources including number lines and 100 squares. They will continue to learn fractions, shape and statistics
Lower Key Stage 2
The foundations of mental calculation and recall of number facts are established thoroughly before standard written methods are introduced. The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value.
Upper Key Stage 2
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. The children can then begin to choose the most efficient method to solve problems.
We believe a good understanding of, and proficiency in, mathematics is crucial to the development of our children into adults who can function effectively in, and understand, the modern world.