Windmill and Low Road Music Federation have been fully engaged with the new Mathematics curriculum since September 2014. This forms the basis from which we instruct the children in all areas of mathematics in each year group.
We want all children to be able to see mathematics as an interconnected subject and be able to make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated 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 expectation in the National Curriculum is that the majority of children will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of children’s understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. At Windmill and Low Road Music Federation, children who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material consolidate their understanding, including, through additional practice, before moving on.
At Windmill and Low Road Music Federation, teachers from year 1 to year 6 are using detailed schemes of learning published by White Rose Maths to plan effective maths lessons incorporating fluency, reasoning and problem solving. The White Rose schemes support ‘Teaching for Mastery’.
Maths Websites to explore at home
A range of mathematical activities
A range of educational games, including number
Activities, investigations and challenges in different areas of maths
A range of mathematical games and brain workouts
Interactive mathematical games for 5-7 and 7-11 year olds