Maths at Monkfrith
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their 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.
At Monkfrith, we want our mathematicians to be confident and resilient. The National Curriculum expects that nearly all children reach the expectations for their year group. Children who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including, through additional practice, before moving on.
In order to achieve this the teachers from year 1 to year 6 are using detailed Schemes of Learning published by the White Rose Maths Hub to plan effective maths lessons. These lessons are designed to give the children solid foundations in all areas of the maths curriculum as well as giving them the chance to reason and problem solving using their skills.
Week of Inspirational Maths
Every year we take part in the Week of Inspirational Maths using resources created by Dr Jo Boaler at Stanford University. Here are some photos from 2018.