Maths at Eynsham Community Primary School
In 2014 the National Curriculum for Maths changed and the contents of the programme of study became more challenging. Throughout the maths curriculum there is a significant emphasis on fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
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
At Eynsham Community Primary School, we are following the White Rose scheme of work which aims to ensure all pupils have mastered the mathematics curriculum by the end of primary school. A mastery curriculum is not about just being able to memorise key facts and procedures, which tends to lead to superficial understanding that can easily be forgotten. Instead pupils should be able to become fluent in key concepts, be able to apply them to a range of familiar and unfamiliar problems as well as explain their reasoning.
Our school and the National Curriculum aims are to develop fluency and the ability to reason mathematically and solve problems. At Eynsham Community Primary School we teach and encourage children to use and apply their reasoning skills every day. Teachers can explain clearly to the children at our school what reasoning means. For example reasoning is about what is already known in order to work out what is unknown will improve fluency; for example, if I know what 12 × 12 is, I can apply reasoning to work out 12 ×13. The ability to reason also supports the application of mathematics and an ability to solve problems set in unfamiliar contexts.