Mathematics is a core subject in The National Curriculum and is clearly supported by The Numeracy Strategy. The fundamental skills, knowledge and concepts are clearly defined in The Numeracy Strategy. Within the parameters of The Numeracy Strategy mathematics will be delivered and experienced in the classroom. Our children should:
- have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits in the number system.
- Know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves.
- Use what they know by heart to figure out answers mentally.
- Calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and with pencil and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies.
- Recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator, and be able to do so effectively.
- Make a sense of number problems, including non-routine problems, and recognise the operations needed to solve them.
- Explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical terms.
- Judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary.
- Suggest suitable units for measuring and make sensible estimates of measurement.
- Explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
A Typical Lesson
A typical 45 to 60 minute lesson in years 1 to 6 is structured in the following way:
- oral work and mental calculation (about 5 to 10 minutes) whole class work to rehearse, sharpen and develop mental and oral skills.
- The main teaching activity (about 30 to 40 minutes) teaching input and pupil activities, work as a whole class, in groups, in pairs or as individuals.
- Plenary to round off the lesson (about 10 minutes) work with the whole class to sort out misconceptions and identify progress, to summarise key facts and ideas and what to remember, to make links to other work and discuss the next step, set work to do at home.
An information booklet to help parents understand the methods used to teach the children calculations can be downloaded below.