Through our implementation of the 2014 National Curriculum for Mathematics, we ensure that our children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics
- Are able to reason mathematically
- Can solve problems by applying their Mathematics
At Castle View Primary School, these skills are embedded within Mathematics lessons and developed consistently over time. We use and follow the ‘Maths – No Problem!’ 2014 scheme for years 1-3, with the intention to roll this out to years 1-5 next academic year. This enables children to build on their learning by following a step-by-step approach to consolidate understanding. At Castle View, we are committed to ensuring that every child develops an understanding and love of Maths. We prioritise the mastery of conceptual understanding through the use of real life/ everyday problems in every lesson. We aim for fluency in the fundamentals of Maths so that our pupils can recall and apply knowledge confidently and accurately to solve problems. We use open ended, challenging questions that enable our pupils to make connections, identify patterns and draw conclusions about Mathematics.
During lessons, children use concrete resources as visual aids. As they make progress in the lesson, they move towards using pictorial and abstract representations for Mathematical concepts. At Castle View, we are confident that our mastery-based approach enthuses children about Maths. It ensures they can master Mathematical skills and concepts which enable them to continue learning as they progress through school.
We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Mathematics in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. Children enjoy Mathematics and experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically. We develop children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics.
We intend for our children to make mathematical links with the wider world and see Maths as an important aspect of their future. We want them to know that it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy. As pupils move through the school, we want to harness their curiosity and enjoyment of Maths and give them the tools to appreciate the subject.