“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.” (Shakuntala Devi)
In KS1 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.
We aim to make mathematics enjoyable, fun and relevant, allowing children to explore and investigate mathematical concepts to gain a deeper understanding. We want all pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, practising their skills to build understanding and to apply their knowledge accurately to solve problems. The national curriculum for mathematics reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum and we aim to support and assist children in making their thinking clear to themselves and to others so that they learn to reason mathematically using appropriate language to support their ideas.
In the classroom there may be whole class teaching, or small group focused teaching or teaching that is led by the children’s questions.