Subject Leader: Miss Jamil
“It’s not that I am so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
– Albert Einstein
Mathematics curriculum promotes the three-dimensional competencies of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We at Cheetwood aim to promote a love and thirst for learning and curiosity about the nature of mathematics and its necessity to everyday life. At Cheetwood we believe that maths builds the foundations for empowerment and success. Our mathematics curriculum is designed to develop children who are confident, agile mathematicians. It is ambitious and empowers our pupils to become independent and resilient.
Our curriculum is sequenced in line with the EYFS Statutory Framework (2020), Development Matters (2020) and the National Curriculum for Mathematics (2013).
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all 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
- 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 maths teaching is based on the White Rose Hubs schemes. This approach ensures that all our teachers are following a carefully crafted sequence of mathematical knowledge, through small interrelated steps, ensuring secure understanding of number, mathematical structures, allowing deep connections to be made.
We have a strong focus on essential number knowledge and follow the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach so that children of all abilities are exposed to maths in a variety of contexts daily. The constant use of mathematical language allows children to become fluent, confident and flexible problem solvers. A skill essential for navigating life!
This knowledge is challenged and strengthened by opportunities to reason threaded throughout lessons. We do this because it is vital to be numerate in order to participate fully in society and thinking mathematically is life-enriching.