Mathematics is a core subject of the National Curriculum and is taught daily across the whole school (EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2).
In EYFS, the emphasis is to support children in order to allow them to develop a strong grounding in number and numerical patterns. Children also experience the importance of shapes, spatial reasoning, and measure as part of their mathematical learning journey. Maths is experienced through a range of adult and child led activities which are practical and based within a context. Children are encouraged to deepen their understanding through problem-solving in real life contexts. For example: making a house for the three little pigs with a specified amount and type of shapes.
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, the basis for all of our mathematics teaching follows three basic principles:
- To become fluent and develop a conceptual understanding with the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- To reason mathematically which includes proving mathematical statements.
- To problem solve in a range of contexts.
The curriculum is organised into areas called domains. Each term, the children will be taught a range of concepts through place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages, measurement, geometry and statistics. In addition, the year six curriculum includes algebra, ratio and proportion.
At Cavendish Primary School, we follow a mastery curriculum and believe that all children can be successful mathematicians. In all lessons, we aim to follow the approach of concrete, pictorial and abstract concepts.
Lessons have a consistent structure throughout the school and consist of guided practise, fluency, variation and mastery challenges.
Each lesson begins with a mental / oral starter which is based on our KIRFS (Key Instant Recall Facts) and multiplication / division facts.
Children are also encouraged to use Times table Rockstars in order to develop their recall of multiplication and division facts.