At St Swithun’s our aim is that children will become fluent in the essential elements of mathematics, following the 2014 National Curriculum. This will be achieved through varied and regular practice with progressively more complex problems over time. The result is that children will develop a deep conceptual understanding and be able to recall and apply their knowledge quickly and efficiently.
Mathematical development begins initially through daily play and practical activities in the Early Years, this will then advance into a daily hourly maths lesson in years one to six. Progression across year bands is supported using the Rising Stars Framework alongside the Classroom Monitor assessment system to track the children’s development. Children are encouraged to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, developing their ability to test out their solutions and explain their thinking, using an increasing bank of mathematical language. This is achieved using a variety of teaching methods including whole class, group, paired and individual work. Children work practically using resources to help them build a concrete experience of a concept or process, before being given support to record their thinking in a more formal way. Opportunities to use ICT in both teaching and learning are sought and cross curricular links are made wherever possible.