At Harrold we enjoy Maths and we believe mathematics is far more than simply a core curriculum topic; it is central to helping children become happy, articulate, reflective and confident leaners as they apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
Maths at Harrold is based on developing fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics. Enabling children to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, developing arguments, justification or proof using mathematical language. Children are encouraged to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Our expectation is that the majority of children will make the necessary progress. However we do recognise that children’s progress will be at different rates and individual achievement will vary. Decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of children’s understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage.
We follow the National Curriculum and have adopted the White Rose Approach to support the teaching and learning of mathematics. This approach aims to develop a deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of Maths through an inclusive approach where all children achieve. We spend significant time on each topic to deepen understanding and allow children to master concepts.
In order to further develop the children’s sense of number we have daily mental/oral mathematic opportunities in lessons, where the children have the opportunity to develop confidence and fluency with numbers and the four operations, improving their recall of number facts and their concept of place value. Children are also encouraged to practice these skills at home.
At the end of this year, children in Year 4 will be sitting a multiplication (times tables) test.