Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides 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. (National Curriculum 2014)
The aims of the 2014 National Curriculum are for our pupils to:
- 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.
Our main aims in teaching Mathematics are:
- To secure the three main aims of the national Curriculum by becoming fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, being able to reason using mathematical language and to solve problems by applying their mathematics in a variety of context, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
- To encourage all pupil's competence and confidence in their mathematical abilities in using and applying mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills to ensure progress in their understanding as they move through the school.
- To develop personal qualities such as cooperation, independence, persistence, systematic thinking and creativity; by providing pupils with the opportunity to use and apply mathematics in a variety of everyday contexts, in practical tasks and as a powerful tool in other subjects.
- To allow the pupil to develop mathematical language, so that they can communicate ideas, solve problems and explain results. Pupils can ask and answer questions, openly share work and learn from mistakes.
The 99 Club
Please see our 99 club page for more information.
You can also download worksheets so that you can practise at home!!
Year 6 Maths Practice
Please take a look at the following link to help your child prepare for their Year 6 SATs Maths practice
Times Tables Rockstars / Numbots
We are currently enrolled on the Times Tables Rockstars programme at Highfield St. Matthews. This gives the children the core understanding of their times tables which is essential in other areas of Maths. Every child in Rec & Y1 has a personal log in for Numbots. Children in Year 3 and upwards have personal log ins for TT Rockstars. Click here to access the website. We ask that you encourage your child to practice on the App at home as much as possible. It's a fun an effective way for them to learn their times tables.