At Kingsway Primary School we strive to give our children an appreciation and passion for mathematics. We aim to deliver this through a range of practical and written activities, where learning is related to the real world.
Our aim is to enable pupils to become proficient, competent, fluent and confident when calculating and to have the ability to use and apply their knowledge and understanding by solving mathematical problems in a variety of contexts.By the end of Year 6, most children will know a range of calculation methods, mental and written, and be able to choose the most appropriate or efficient strategy to suit a task.We are well aware that not all children will progress at the same rate and may not be confident with the full range of methods taught; however, they should have the confidence to choose a method that they feel comfortable with.
Our philosophy for the teaching and learning of mathematics
We are taking a mastery approach to our teaching of mathematics. Children are supported and challenged to grasp concepts and understand them more deeply. Differentiation occurs in the support and intervention provided to different pupils. Any pupils having more difficulty in grasping particular aspects of curriculum content are identified very rapidly and provided with extra support to help them master that content before moving on to new material. Pupils who have grasped concepts quickly are challenged with sophisticated problems that deepen their knowledge of the same content.
We believe that deeper understanding can be achieved for all pupils by questioning that asks them to articulate HOW and WHY different mathematical techniques work, and to make deep mathematical connections. These questions are accessed by pupils at different depths and are used to support and challenge. For children to master the curriculum content they need to be fluent, not just accurate and this involves reasoning mathematically and solving problems. Our aim is for pupils to experience deep, sustainable learning of increasingly sophisticated mathematical ideas as they move through their primary mathematics education.