The three main aims of the National Curriculum run throughout our maths teaching and learning: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Wherever possible, we aim to relate children's maths learning to their real lives so that they see the relevancy of maths in their daily lives.
I can calculate fluently, therefore I am able to solve problems
We teach fluency using a range of strategies and resources. Numicon is our key resource in the Early Years and Key Stage 1, and we teach early calculation and place value with it. We also use dienes once children are working with 2 digit numbers, as well as place value counters, Cuisenaire rods among others.
I can reason about maths, therefore I am able to engage with maths
Reasoning is an important element of our maths teaching and learning, as being able to explain maths to others demonstrates a good level of understanding, and also allows children to engage in maths activities like investigations and problem solving. Every day, children are encouraged to share their ideas and thoughts about their maths, and use mathematical language in these discussions.
I can solve problems, therefore I am a mathematician
Ultimately, being able to solve problems is the main aim of our maths curriculum, as this is reflects the use of maths in real life; how many buses do I need to take 60 children on a school trip? How many carrots can I grow in this bed? How long will it take me to…..?
We use the bar model when teaching children to solve problems, as it allows them to visualise what is happening, and what missing quantity they need to calculate.