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Falcons Primary School

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Mathematics

Falcons Primary School follows the National Curriculum for Mathematics. We share the belief that Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline.

Aims

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

*Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.

*Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument using mathematical language.

*Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between mathematical ideas. They will also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including additional practice, before moving on.

We have recently purchased Numicon for every class in the school. It is important that children have the opportunity to experience Maths using different apparatus and, as a school, we are developing how we use Numicon with all children, to enable them to understand many concepts of the number system. For example, Numicon enables children to find number bonds and build numbers on top of others to see the different combinations. Numicon is also a great resource for demonstrating odd and even numbers and explaining why two odd numbers, added together, will always equal an even number.

Children will regularly take home their maths targets so parents can work with their child.