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 qualitiesof 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, in order to develop the children’s arithmetic proficiency. Arithmetic proficiency is an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately. To support this development we utilise concrete apparatus and pictorial representations in whole class and small group activities throughout the school. Please refer to the school’s Calculation Policy for further information about how to support your child in developing their methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
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.
At Parkfield School, we recognise that mathematics is essential for the advances on which our economic future depends and equips our pupils for the role that science, technology and engineering will play in their future. To enable our learners to understand the value of maths in real life contexts, we plan opportunities to engage in cross-curricular maths, specifically linked to other subject areas and their topic work enabling creativity, problem solving, reasoning and enjoyment in their maths learning.
Please see our Calculation Policy which will show you the methods that we use in class.