Why Teach Mathematics?
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Aims of the National Curriculum
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
(National Curriculum July 2014)
Y5/6 NRICH Maths Roadshow
Our Y5/6 children really enjoyed their sessions with Andrew Sharpe from the NRICH Roadshow. The children used a hands on approach to complete a wide range of problem solving tasks. Andrew was particularly impressed with our children's communication and resilience skills.
Congratulations to our Year 6 Team - they have become the Regional Winners of the National Young Mathematics Award.
In January, our Head Girl and Boy and Deputy Head Girl and Boy made a special visit to Newfold Community Primary School to meet their guest teachers Mrs Fei Hou and Miss Jie Chen. Our children had an amazing opportunity to ask questions about the similarities and differences in teaching maths in England and China and then this was followed by observing Mrs Hou teach a lesson on multiplication. This followed on from Mrs Wilkins' visit to Shanghai last term as part of the Teaching for Mastery - England/China Exchange Programme.