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Gonerby Hill Foot

Church of England Primary School

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Maths

Mathematics is extremely important in everyday life and our key aim is to ensure our pupils develop a positive attitude to maths. Maths lessons take place every morning, following the National Curriculum. We aim to ensure pupils master key concepts with a deep understanding so 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’

Number & Calculation

In EYFS the pupils will develop their ability to count, recognise numbers and understand the place value of numbers up to 20.  As they go into KS1 they will be developing their understanding of whole numbers, place value, and the four operations, working with them mentally and practically to develop fluency.  They will also memorize and internalize number bonds to 20.  When they enter LKS2 they will develop efficient written and mental calculation methods, working with larger whole numbers.  To improve their fluency, they will memorize the multiplication tables (up to 12 x 12).  By the end of year 6 pupils should fluently use written and mental methods with fractions, percentages and decimals.

Geometry & Measures

Pupils will explore everyday shapes in EYFS and in KS1 they will learn to recognise, describe and name shapes and their properties.  In LKS2 they will develop their reasoning about shapes and their properties.  As they go into UKS2 they will classify increasingly complex shapes and their properties.  In KS1 the pupils will compare quantities and will begin to use measuring instruments in LKS2.  By the end of year 6 they will use measuring instruments with increased accuracy.

Problem Solving

In EYFS the pupils will be encouraged to solve simple everyday problems in a practical manner.  Whilst in KS1 the pupils will be introduced to simple practical problems and begin to solve them using drawings and pictures.  In LKS2 the problems will involve fractions and decimals.  By the end of year 6 they will a variety and wider range of problems, including problems involving algebra.

Reasoning

In EYFS the pupils are encouraged to talk about their mathematics and are introduced to the correct vocabulary.  In KS1 pupils are starting to use the correct vocabulary.  As pupils to into LKS2 they will be able to confidently being read and spell correct mathematical vocabulary for a variety of problems.  In UKS2 pupils will use the correct terminology and pronounce it correctly in more complex problems to develop their ability to analysis, conjecture and generalise.

Pupils are encouraged to apply their skills across the curriculum in a range of subjects but particularly so in science, geography and technology.

Our daily maths provision consists of:

  • 15-20 minute CLIC session where pupil  develop fluency and recall of numbers and key facts. Click here to see our Big Maths page.
  • 40-60 minute Maths lesson where pupils will master key concepts and processes in maths and develop their reasoning and problem solving skills.

If parents have any questions about maths, they should speak to their child's class teacher or our Maths Leader, Shelley Arthurs.