Maths is taught in a daily lesson, usually one hour in duration, in small single aged groups.
Our principle aims are those of the National Curriculum, which are to ensure 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
* 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
The maths curriculum covers the topics of place value, number and calculation, fractions, ratio, algebra, measurement, geometry and statistics.
The majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when pupils progress to the next stage will be based on the security of their understanding. Pupils who grasp concepts quickly will be challenged through a wide range of rich and sophisticated problems. There is a strong emphasis on mental calculation and pupils are encouraged to develop this through our Passport Targets programme.
Pupils are provided with opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge to other curriculum areas.