Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected subject which provides the opportunity to challenge, engage and inspire. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary in most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Westfields Junior School we follow a curriculum which endeavours to develop these National Curriculum aims of reasoning, fluency and problem solving and ensure that pupils embed mathematical concepts at each stage of their education through a ‘mastery approach’.
A mastery approach: a set of principles and beliefs. This includes a belief that all pupils are capable of understanding and doing mathematics, given sufficient time. Pupils are neither ‘born with the maths gene’ nor ‘just no good at maths’. With good teaching, appropriate resources, effort and a ‘can do’ attitude all children can achieve in and enjoy mathematics.
End of Year Maths Objectives
Using the links below you will find the end of year objectives used by class teachers to assess pupils. At the end of the academic year, pupils who are secure with these objectives will be meeting the standard set out by the National Curriculum.
End of Year Maths Objectives
We love Nrich!
Nrich is a fantastic website! There are hundreds of games and problem solving activities to explore.
You can use the search engine in the top right hand corner to find activities linked to various topics. Activities are organised by level of challenge, 1 star being the simplest and 4 star being the toughest.
We would advise that pupils aim to work around the 2 star challenges for key stage 2 but you may want to try 1 star and 3 star as well!
Try out some Maths games!
TopMarks is an engaging website to practise a variety of Mathematical skills. From times tables to numbers bonds, this website has it all. And the best thing about it is that it is free! Get your child to try out some games on the computer or tablet and we can guarantee they will be hooked! We are sure that use of TopMarks games will support their times tables and Maths fluency knowledge and help them to progress through the Math-Magician Scheme.
Mathematics for Deeper Understanding
The Mathematics Shed is a great website with hundreds of videos, maths resources, problems and puzzles. It may take a little bit of searching to find a resource that will be suitable for your child but your child’s class teacher or Mr Medwell, the Maths Coordinator, will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Maths through Stories
Mr Medwell’s favourite new website! This site is designed to help children who are struggling to access Maths by making it real and tangible, not just rooted in the abstract! The link below will lead you to some videos and stories that have a mathematical theme. You could explore these videos with your child, pausing periodically to discuss the Maths in each part of the story. Give it a go and tell Mr Medwell what you think! He’d love to get your thoughts on the site!
The National Curriculum
Below you will find the National Curriculum for Maths. The National Curriculum gives us a framework for how we structure or curriculum year on year.