Mathematics teaching at Flora Gardens Primary School adheres to the EYFS Curriculum for Nursery and Reception; and the National Curriculum in England for Years 1 to 6 which consists of three key strands (fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving). A mastery approach has been adopted, whereby topics in Maths are taught to greater depth in order to achieve greater knowledge, skills and understanding in the subject.
Mathematics teaching is based in Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic approaches and wherever possible links are made to real-life or life-like contexts. Our teaching aims to start children off with purposeful and concrete opportunities to use mathematics. These concrete opportunities develop into pictorial and abstract opportunities as the children’s mathematical understanding develops. Reasoning and problem solving activities are regularly used to enhance learning and ensure that all children are challenged and able to make progress. Underpinning our Mathematics teaching is our Calculation Policy (available here).
We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to use and develop their mathematics skills across the broader curriculum, as well as providing opportunities for children to use and apply their mathematical skills in a meaningful context. Where appropriate, links to other subjects are made and these links are outlined in our Curriculum Overviews. There are also cross-curricular subject weeks each year, e.g. Maths/Art week (2016) and Maths/Science week (2017). Enrichment opportunities, such as workshops, trips or guest speakers are booked frequently so that pupils can deepen their understanding and apply their mathematical understanding and skills to real world contexts.