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 utilise Power Maths' curriculum mapping, ensuring that teaching is sequenced into small manageable steps in order to help children to develop a deep, secure understanding of key concepts and skills. When introducing new concepts, we carefully consider which representations and models are used in order to embed understanding and build competency. We adopt a mastery approach to learning which focuses on a deep understanding of mathematical structures alongside the ability to reason and justify. We provide plenty of opportunities to build reasoning and problem- solving elements into the curriculum whilst also focusing on developing
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.