At Fair Furlong Primary, we believe that mathematics is of vital importance. It provides learners with powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. We want children to experience a sense of awe and wonder in maths as they explore problems and then discover more elegant solutions that allow them to make links to different areas of mathematics.
We want our children to become functioning adults who can make a significant contribution to society using the highly valued skills that mathematics develops.
To achieve this, we draw upon a range of resources such as Maths No Problem, Lancashire and Suffolk grids for learning and Nrich. We feel we can help the children to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving across our mathematics curriculum.
This year we are focusing on 3 main areas: giving the children the skills to become efficient problem solvers - from tackling word problems to developing the characteristics to tackle challenging investigations and pursue their own lines of enquiry; ensuring the calculation policy and the teaching of it helps the children become confident and critical mathematicians; and the children have the language skills necessary to explain their mathematical understanding.
Our aim is to inspire children by giving them a lively sense of interest and enjoyment in mathematics, with an understanding of its practical and creative use in everyday life.
- To implement the current legal requirements of the Foundation Stage (FS) and the National Curriculum (NC), using the Foundation Stage Curriculum Guidance and the Primary Framework for Mathematics.
- Build a firm, broad foundation of mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding which will assist children now and in the future.
- Develop a range of skills, strategies and methods, to solve a wide range of problems and enable children to become fluent mathematicians.
- Develop a positive attitude to maths increasing confidence and enjoyment when tackling problems.
- Develop the ability to work independently choosing efficient methods and equipment for the task.
- Support children to commit knowledge to memory and develop good mental strategies, as well as developing efficient methods for recording work (in line with FFPS calculation policy).
- Instil motivation for progress and success in mathematics.
- Develop an accurate mathematical vocabulary to enable children to share their thinking, describe strategies and learn from each other’s responses.
- Ensure that all children will be given the opportunities to develop their mathematics skills and enjoy success regardless of gender, race, ability, culture or ethnicity.
- Provide exposure to ways of working that challenge children of all levels and an environment where it is safe to make mistakes which can be learnt from.
- Provide consistency in models to support children to make connections in mathematics, in order to develop depth of understanding.
- Work with maths that has practical applications that directly relate to other areas of the curriculum, where possible presented in relevant context.
Maths Week 2017
This year we focused on geometry, fractions and problem solving in a fun and engaging way. We used two videos to inspire children across the school. We made sure that each lesson was practical and had a sense of awe and wonder. We also invited a local artist to explore how maths is present in art through work by Paul Klee.
A practical and hands-on approach to Maths
The 2014 curriculum changes
In 2014 the Government announced changes to the curriculum which are now being taught across the country to all children.
If you would like to find out more there are several places you can go. Here is a blog written for parents that sum up the changes for maths. Alternatively you could go to the Government website with this link.
If you have any questions about how this affects your child, please feel free to get in touch.
Each year group has a certain number of topics to cover across the school year and map these according to how many weeks we are in school each term. Below are links to the overview for your child's year group where you will be able to see the topics they will be covering in each term.
YN Curriculum Overview
Y5 Curriculum Overview
(Parents please note links to YN and Y5 curriculum overviews will be updated shortly)
How can you help your child?
Attached to the Maths Curriculum page is a growing resource of games and ideas that you can use to support your child. This will range from counting and recalling number facts to solving problems.
Aside from these activities, you could support your child by talking to them about everyday maths:
- Counting objects
- Looking at the price of things in shops (including discounts and offers for the older children)
- Talking about the time
- Noticing patterns, symmetry and shapes in nature and man-made objects