At Northmead we aim to develop in each child:
a broad understanding of mathematical concepts, alongside specific mathematical skills and knowledge as outlined in the National Curriculum for Mathematics 2014.
an ability to calculate mentally with confidence.
an ability to explain their mathematical thinking.
an ability to investigate and solve mathematical problems with increasing confidence.
a confidence to use and apply their mathematical skills to solving problems from everyday life.
an enjoyment of mathematics through stimulating and challenging work, enabling them to reach their full potential in the subject.
A variety of approaches are used to teach Maths including practical activities, different methods of calculation, mental and problem solving strategies.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics is implemented throughout the school in daily maths lessons. The curriculum aims to ensure that children can have quick recall of facts (fluency), can reason mathematically and solve problems. The curriculum is organised in a progressive sequence - areas include: number and place value, calculation, geometry (shape), measures, fractions and decimals, and statistics (graphs).
In Year 3, the children are taught in mixed ability class groups.
In Year 4, the children are set according to ability.
In Year 5, the children are taught in a top set and three parallel mixed ability groups.
In Year 6, the children are set according to ability.
This year, we are introducing a class-based approach to teaching mathematics, based on the ‘mastery approach’. This will be introduced in Year 3 from September17/18, then Year 4 from September 18/19 etc.
Please find below PDF files for End of Year Expectations set out for each year group. If you require a free paper copy of these please contact the school office (01483 529870).
Methods to be used are demonstrated in the Progression of Calculations PDF file below.
Our Maths Information Evening was well attended by parents keen to find out more about how calculations are taught in school. The workshops on addition , subtraction, multiplication and division allowed parents to watch pupil and teacher demonstrations and try methods for themselves. Parents found the evening both enjoyable and informative.
This suite of videos looks at elements of progression in multiplication across the primary school.
This suite of videos looks at elements of grouping in pairs, using place value counters and recording division.
This suite of videos looks at elements of developing column subtraction.