Mathematics

At William Reynolds Primary School, we recognise the importance of Mathematics as a tool for everyday life. We aim to deliver a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum with a range of cross curricular links.

Our three principle aims for Mathematics are:

  • For children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • For all children have the ability to reason and solve a range of problems
  • For all children to make choices about the maths they use and be able to apply with confidence.

We are committed to enabling children to recognise the importance of mathematics in the wider world so that they are able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in a variety of situations in their lives. We want all children to enjoy mathematics and to develop a deep conceptual understanding so that they can experience success in the subject.

It is our intent to ensure all children have access to a high quality maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable and raise children’s aspirations. We aim to widen their horizons through a context rich curriculum that gives purpose to their learning. All staff have high expectations for every child to succeed. We aim to provide our children with a variety of mathematical opportunities, which will enable them to become more fluent and be able to apply knowledge rapidly. We believe that it is important to encourage the children to be confident mathematicians who are not afraid to take risks. Throughout school, we aim to develop resilience that enables all children to reason and problem solve with increased confidence.

We deliver a broad and balanced mathematical curriculum including elements of number, calculation, fractions, geometry, measures and statistics. Medium Term planning supports teachers to plan a sequence of progressive lessons, giving the children time to master new concepts. We focus not only on a range of methods but also focus on mathematical vocabulary to broaden and deepen understanding. Basic skills are developed in arithmetic lessons in order to develop mathematical fluency. Alongside numeracy sessions, an additional 15 minutes a day is spent focusing on ‘Deepening Understanding, to build fluency and precision in these areas. Developing reasoning remains one of our key focuses. Investigative tasks are designed to allow pupils to follow lines of enquiry and develop their own ideas, justifying and proving their answers. Children work both collaboratively and independently when solving problems which require them to persevere and develop resilience.

The impact of our mathematics curriculum is that children understand the relevance and importance of what they are learning in relation to real world concepts. Children know that maths is a vital life skill that they will rely on in many areas of their daily life. Children have a positive view of maths due to learning in an environment where maths is promoted as being an exciting and enjoyable subject in which they can investigate and ask questions. They know that it is okay to be ‘wrong’ and that this can strengthen their learning because the journey to finding an answer is most important. Children are able to persevere and choose the equipment they need to help them to learn along with the strategies they think are best suited to each problem. Our maths books evidence work of a high standard of which children clearly take pride. The range of activities provided demonstrates good coverage of fluency, reasoning and problem solving.