At Parkfield School, we strive to deliver a stimulating and enjoyable maths curriculum, whilst ensuring that through appropriate support and challenge, learning is tailored to each and every child. We recognise that fluency, problem solving and application of maths in context are fundamental qualities of our children as mathematicians and this approach reflects the aims of the National Curriculum (2014).
The National Curriculum (2014) aims that all children:
• 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.
• Can 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.
Our vision for the children of Parkfield School is to thoroughly underpin mathematical learning by developing an even balance between conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. Children are taught to understand how and why mathematical procedures are used, in order to develop their arithmetic proficiency and their ability to 'unpick' and solve real-life mathematical challenges.
To support this development we use concrete apparatus and pictorial representations in whole class and small group activities throughout the school. As appropriate, we provide 1:1 and small group interventions for pupils across the school to ensure that children reach their full potential and make good progress in developing as life-long learners.
Please refer to the school’s Calculation Policy (below) for further information about how to support your child in developing their methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Suggested websites to support maths learning at home.
Your child will have been given login details for TT Rockstars and My Maths from their class teacher (Years 1-6).
Year 6 written calculation at Parkfield
The video clips (accessed by the link below) show how children will be expected to use written calculation methods by the end of Year 6.