The National Curriculum
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
Mathematics at Bevois Town Primary School
At Bevois Town Primary School we want all children to be able to see mathematics as an interconnected subject and be able to make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We aim to ensure our learners are able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
The expectation in the National Curriculum is that the majority of children will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of children’s’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Children who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including, through additional practice, before moving on.
In each class, the mathematical ‘Learning Journey’ is informed by prior learning outcomes and National Curriculum expectations.
Within each Learning Journey, we aim to design a sequence of carefully crafted lessons which provide learners, of all abilities, with a scaffolded conceptual journey through mathematics; engaging pupils at each step, in Communication, Problem solving and Reasoning (CPR) to develop their mathematical thinking.
Mastery of facts, procedures and concepts needs time: time to explore the concept in detail and time to allow for sufficient practice to develop fluency. Each Learning Journey should link to those taught earlier in the term so learners have the opportunity to apply learning from one aspect of mathematics to another, for example their knowledge of calculation strategies in measurement or statistics
White Rose Maths Hub
At Bevois Town Primary School, teachers from Year 1 to Year 6 use detailed schemes of learning published by the White Rose Maths Hub to plan effective maths lessons. These are adapted as appropriate using teachers’ assessment of pupils’ learning. The year group schemes of work support ‘Teaching for Mastery’ and can be viewed here: