Mathematics At Wales Primary School

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Aims

Our Mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that all our pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of arithmetic, 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.

Within daily Mathematics lessons we teach strategies and discuss their efficiency when solving problems. The learning of basic number facts, including times tables, is very important. As pupils acquire mental strategies, they are also taught written methods to solve problems.

Whole class teaching features strongly in each lesson. It is oral, interactive and with a lively pace. It allows for the direct teaching of a key objective and it encourages pupils to respond, question, reinforce understanding, and explain methods of carrying out a calculation. The correct use of mathematical vocabulary is an integral and important part of every lesson.