Mathematics

At Newchurch, we believe that 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

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 have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems • 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.

Each half term will include expected learning outcomes. It is the responsibility of the class teacher to ensure that all of the learning objectives for that half term and year group are covered. Learning objectives from each year group must be covered and mastered before a child is extended with further learning.

Each target will take a range of time to cover. Some parts of the medium term planning may take more or less than a full week.

These targets must be supported by assessment stages using the Rising Stars assessment documents for each year group and mental mathematics activities to ensure that children’s mental computation is age appropriate. This will need to include the use of Newchurch Primary School mental mathematics documents (Number Booklet and Times Table documents).  

Mathematics is an essential part of the education system and ensuring that the children have the best possible start is very important at Newchurch. We have consolidated a range of resources linked to the 2016 parent workshops to help you work with your child outside of school. We hope you have fun using them and that you feel that your understanding of the current curriculum is heightened.