At our schools we aim to provide the highest quality of mathematics teaching. We aim to do the following:
- Foster mathematical understanding of new concepts and methods, including teachers’ explanations and the way they require pupils to think and reason mathematically for themselves.
- Ensure that pupils acquire mathematical knowledge appropriate to their age and starting points, and enable them to recall it rapidly and apply it fluently and accurately, including when calculating efficiently and in applying arithmetic algorithms.
- Use resources and approaches to enable pupils in the class to understand and master the mathematics they are learning. The national curriculum for mathematics24 specifies the aims and then states, ‘The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at the same pace.’
- Develop depth of understanding and readiness for the next stage. The national curriculum states, ‘Decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concept 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.
- Enable pupils to solve a variety of mathematical problems, applying the mathematical knowledge and skills they have been taught. This would be most evident in how well pupils apply their mathematical knowledge and skills in other subjects in the curriculum, where appropriate.