In the Carey Federation we aim to develop children that are confident, numerate learners who are able to apply and use mathematical knowledge and skills in everyday life. We believe that mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected subject that is critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education should therefore provide 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.
Our ‘mastery’ curriculum supports pupils gaining a deep understanding of the content taught for their year, resulting in sustainable knowledge and skills. Key measures of this are their abilities to reason mathematically and to solve increasingly complex problems, doing so with fluency, as described in the aims of the National Curriculum, 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.’ (National Curriculum page 3)
In the Foundation Stage, children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum opportunities for number, calculation and shape, space and measures. Learning for these areas is through children's play and teacher directed activities both inside and outside.
Key Stage 1
We believe that by the time the children reach the end of Key Stage 1, they should:
Key Stage 2
We believe that by the time the children reach the end of Key Stage 2, they should:
Class teachers also plan to make mathematics exciting and engaging by creating opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subjects throughout the year.