‘Pure Mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.’
At Avenue, we believe it is important to develop basic mathematical skills, concepts, attitudes and knowledge appropriate to each child’s development.
With the change in National Curriculum, there is a new emphasis on mastery in mathematics. This means that maths is now being taught at a greater depth, with the learning being deepened using problem solving and reasoning. In class, children are being asked to explain their thinking and use a wider range of mathematical vocabulary to do this.
As a result, the children are given the opportunity to explore maths using concrete resources, before being guided in how to use this knowledge in a pictorial and abstract way. Using this approach, children develop skills in mental and written calculations as well as being able to explain why, rather than just how. This skill is then further developed in problem solving or reasoning tasks where the concrete, pictorial and abstract link together. The aim of this approach is that the children at Avenue become able to manipulate numbers and use the skills learnt in different contexts.
By providing purposeful and varied opportunities for children to develop their mathematical skills, we hope to encourage positive attitudes and the enjoyment of maths. By using real-life contexts as much as possible, we hope to help pupils understand the need for maths and how, by learning the skills now, it will be useful to them throughout their life.
Children have daily maths lessons and where possible their learning is reinforced in other areas of the curriculum. We split maths into units which include our 'non-negotiables'. Please click on the links below for more details.
Whilst we aim to follow this yearly overview, there is flexibility to reorder the blocks if needed, to make a better use of time or to address a gap or misconception.