The 2014 National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics
- Are able to reason mathematically
- Can solve problems by applying their Mathematics
At Salterhebble, these skills are embedded within daily Maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently across the curriculum and in their lives within in a range of different contexts. We have high aspirations for all. We strive for all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject whilst developing their independence and resilience. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics.
At Salterhebble, we follow the White Rose Maths small steps. We aim for children to ‘master maths’ which means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. Once a pupil has achieved mastery, this means that their understanding of the maths topic they have been studying is solid and they can now move on to more advanced material.
The mastery approach is defined by five key principles: Representation and Structure, Fluency, Variation, Mathematical Thinking and Coherence. We aim to develop children’s mental and written fluency as well as their ability to solve problems. We encourage children to ask critical questions, make links and articulate their reasoning. We aim for the children to see mathematics as being relevant to their world and applicable to everyday life as well as being something that they will need as they move on through their school life and ultimately into the world of employment.
The five key principles are illustrated in the diagram below: