The mathematics curriculum is made of three different strands: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. All three aspects are equally important and are inter-dependent upon one another.
Fluency: This aspect of mathematics is concerned with rapid and accurate recall and application of knowledge. Children need to be fluent in calculation methods and recall of facts so they can apply them in a range of situations. At Lower Heath, we follow our calculation policies for multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. These policies can be accessed below.
Reasoning: This aspect of mathematics is concerned with developing the children’s ability to find patterns and relationships, develop an argument and provide proof. At Lower Heath, we aim to develop reasoning skills in all the mathematics we carry out and encourage children to explain their reasoning to us and to each other.
Problem Solving: This aspect of mathematics is concerned with the application of children’s mathematical knowledge in a range of different problem solving contexts. To be good mathematicians, children need to be able to break a problem down into simple steps and show resilience when they encounter difficulties. At Lower Heath, we give children a range of different problems and teach children problem solving skills in a range of contexts. Through problem solving situations, we aim to demonstrate to children how the mathematics they learn in school can be applied to their everyday lives.
At Lower Heath, we believe that children learn best when they have access to a range of high quality mathematical equipment, models and images. This enables children to develop their own mental images that will secure their understanding of different aspects of mathematics.
Below are the planning documents we will be using in school this year.
The following document is our calculation policy which details the progression in written calculation methods for all four operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
It is used to help ensure a consistent approach when teaching calculation methods.
On 1.3.17 we held a mathematics parents' information session which outlined some of the approaches we use in school to teach mathematics. Please see below for the presentation and documents used in the session.