Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. - Albert Einstein
Why is it important to teach Mathematics?
At Discovery Multi-Academy Trust, we are dedicated to ensuring that children are able to distinguish the importance of mathematics in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of diverse contexts. We want all children to enjoy mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically in both mathematics and other subjects across the curriculum e.g. STEM and English. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics.
- Number (Number and Place Value; Addition and Subtraction; Multiplication and Division; Fractions.)
- Geometry (Properties of Shapes; Position and Direction.)
Each school within the Trust follows the National Curriculum for Mathematics. The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice with complexity increasing over time
- Develop conceptual understanding and ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- Reason mathematically; follow a line of inquiry, conjecture relationships and generalisations
- Develop an argument, justification and proof buy using mathematical language
- Problem solve by applying knowledge to a variety of routine and non-routine problems breaking down problems into simpler steps and persevering in answering
Teachers follow the National Curriculum to ensure maths objectives are covered during their timetabled lessons. A wide range of resources are also used to support the teaching of maths, including White Rose and NCETM. Multiplication tables are a focus (within school and at home) for KS2 pupils and in KS1 number facts are taught and practised to support with this.