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What are the aims of teaching mathematics?

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.


How is the National Curriculum covered in mathematics?

At Bramley St. Peter’s we have daily mathematics lessons in every year group. Lessons begin with counting, number facts and mental fluency. Through each half term children work on a range of differentiated activities covering: understanding of number, calculation, problem solving, shapes, measures and data handling. Adults work hard to ensure mathematics lessons are fun and enjoyable for all, encouraging the children to be independent yet supporting them in their mathematical learning. Our aim is to help children to become confident in using mathematical skills in a variety of contexts both in school and at home and develop a love for the subject.


What skills are covered during lessons?

As part of mathematics lessons pupils will have the opportunity to develop their ability to recall number facts, talk about maths problems and methods of solving them, apply calculation strategies to problems, understand and use measures, make estimates and check their work. The pupils will increase their understanding of shapes, algebra, probability and data handling.


They will be taught to apply their mathematics to both routine and non-routine problems, including breaking down more complex problems into a series of simpler steps.


How is progression achieved?

We use the National Curriculum as a long term plan, detailing the content required in each Key Stage. Our plans show the skills and objectives for each individual year group and the progression through school. Children are assessed half termly by class teachers and support staff and this data is shared in school to ensure that children are correctly supported and challenged. Year 2 and Year 6 complete the national tests (SATs) towards the end of the year.


Most children will progress well as a result of quality first teaching in the classroom, however those who are struggling will take part in specific intervention programmes to support them in their mathematical learning.


Intervention and enhancement programmes include:


The Durham Shared Maths Programme which is a pupil-led tutoring course currently running in Years 3 and 5. The aim of this is for the children to improve in maths through peer mentoring.


Every Child Counts Two which is led by a specialist maths teacher to support vulnerable pupils to make the progress they need to catch up with their peers. 

At Bramley St Peter's we are using a number of resources to enable us to teach the maths content within the National Curriculum. Here are some documents from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. These show the progression of knowledge and skills across the school within specific areas of maths.