Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. At Halterworth, through the teaching of mathematics, we promote the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At Halterworth, we follow the White Rose curriculum mapping, ensuring that teaching is cyclical and builds on small manageable steps in order to help children understand the concepts. When introducing new concepts, we use the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach in order to embed understanding and build competency. We are developing a mastery approach to learning and aim to promote mathematical thinking through talk. We provide plenty of opportunities to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum whilst also focusing on developing pupils’ fluency.
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.
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. In this way, we ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This enables them to make connections between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.