Our curriculum ensures that pupils understand basic concepts thoroughly and then builds on these skills throughout the year so that they gain a cumulative knowledge. We spend longer on topics so that pupils become fluent in them.
Problem-solving is integrated throughout every topic. Pupils of all standards are required to select, understand and apply the relevant mathematics principle. They represent concepts using ‘bar models’, objects and pictures, and by making connections between different representations. This gives them the confidence, resilience and ability to tackle any problem rather than repeating routines without grasping the principles. This is how we develop students with a deep understanding of mathematics.
There are three key features of the primary programme that deliver pupils with a deep understanding of mathematics.
Objects and pictures:
Children use concrete manipulatives (objects) and pictorial representations (pictures), before moving to abstract symbols (numbers and signs).
The way that children speak and write about mathematics has been shown to have an impact on their success. We use a carefully sequenced, structured approach to introduce and reinforce mathematical vocabulary. Every lesson includes opportunities for children to explain or justify their mathematical reasoning.
Mathematical problem solving is at the heart of our approach – it is both how children learn maths, and the reason why they learn maths. By accumulating knowledge of mathematics concepts, children can develop and test their problem solving in every lesson.
By adopting a cumulative approach, pupils continually build on the knowledge they have already mastered, focusing heavily on solving problems to deepen and reinforce their understanding.