Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, 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 develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- 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
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
Here are some exciting Maths links:
Maths Chase is a completely free site where you can quickly test your times tables.
Mathletics is an exciting web-based learning programme that integrates home and school learning via the internet; it is one of the world’s most used educational websites. Mathletics is the next generation in learning, helping children enjoy maths and achieve improved maths outcomes. It is famous for the ‘Live Mathletics’ mental maths activities where children can compete with others across the world, or their peers at school.
Your child has access to Mathletics through a unique username and password. This means that they can work at their own pace; anywhere, anytime. Children will use it every few weeks in class and for homework. We also encourage short periods of independent use at home, such as 15 minutes twice a week, to help children feel more confident with their maths.
Below you can find some useful documents regarding Mathletics, as well as a link to the website.