“Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. It provides a foundation for understanding the world and solutions to some of history’s most intriguing problems”.
(Mathematics, The 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England)
Within the Pegasus Academy Trust, we follow the National Curriculum and The Early Years’ Foundation Stage Curriculum for mathematics and teach maths daily. In Key Stages One and Two, children’s learning is further supported by weekly homework. This is usually a problem solving activity in Key Stage One and participation in 'Mathletics', an online program designed to improve and develop mental arithmetic, in Key Stage Two. The Trust endeavours to maintain the high profile of mathematics through its promotion of events such as ‘Maths’ Week’, by celebrating pupils’ achievements in maths, through meeting with parents to improve their understanding of how we teach maths and through practical workshops in EYFS. During their time with us, children are taught a wide range of mathematical concepts, including the development of mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value, through to the solving of increasingly complex mathematical problems, involving measures, fractions, geometry and algebra, by the end of Key Stage Two.
Our aims for the teaching and learning of mathematics are founded on a belief that ALL children should enjoy equal access to the provision of a high quality curriculum that will:
- extend each child to his or her fullest potential, building on previous experiences and recognising individual capabilities;
- provide opportunities for practical learning both in the classroom and in the outdoor environment;
- enable children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice;
- help children apply a range of skills with confidence and understanding when solving problems;
- foster interest, confidence and enjoyment in mathematics and inspire children to appreciate the mathematics of many cultures;
- enable children to move from concrete to abstract understanding through the use of practical equipment and, as appropriate, the application of a range of strategies;
- develop appropriate methodologies through the use of practical equipment which will help children to move from concrete to abstract understanding;
- provide opportunities to apply mathematical learning in everyday situations and enable children to use and apply their knowledge to the world outside;
- enable children to calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and with pencil and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies (outlined in the Trust’s calculation policy) and understanding of the required operations;
- teach children to use calculators towards the end of Key Stage Two to support the exploration of complex number problems if written and mental arithmetic is secure;
- encourage children to reason mathematically using correct terms, to judge whether their answers are reasonable and to use strategies to check them;
- provide increasingly sophisticated challenges which span the whole application of mathematics and encourage perseverance in seeking solutions;
- introduce, towards the end of Key Stage 2, the language of algebra as a means of solving a variety of problems.