Following the changes to the National Curriculum from 2014, the aim of Maths at Ravensfield is to develop the three main areas; the fluency, reasoning and problem solving of maths. We aim to encourage children to think for themselves, build on the knowledge they already have and apply their maths skills to a range of everyday problems and activities.
Maths is delivered daily across the school and children are encouraged to deepen their knowledge and understanding through a variety of different problem solving and reasoning tasks, such as answering questions posed in different ways and in different contexts as well as explaining their processes and thinking in a clear and systematic way. Children’s understanding is developed through the use of physical objects to allow them to make sense of number.
Children in Early Years are beginning to develop, through play, an understanding of the value of number and initial counting. This prepares them for working towards the National Curriculum objectives in Year 1.
In Key Stage 1 Maths is delivered using lots of equipment to allow children to show what they are thinking. Where possible, maths is based on real-life situations.
In Key Stage 2 we follow a programme of study designed by the White Rose educational team to deliver our Maths lessons. In order to enable children to deepen their understanding children are given a range of challenges which help to develop the three main areas of the curriculum and make links between their knowledge.
In KS2 all children will complete a pre-assessment at the beginning of each unit to allow them to show what they already know and move quickly away from fluency activities and on to Reasoning and Problem Solving challenges.
Throughout primary school children will be taught arithmetic. Arithmetic is the methods children use for solving calculations. Arithmetic starts in EYFS and KS1 with children using equipment to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. Children will then progress onto using a number line and other methods of ‘working out’. By Year 3, children are introduced to formal methods of working out for addition and subtraction and eventually move onto formal methods for multiplication and division. These include column methods for addition, subtraction and multiplication and ‘bus stop’ for division. As children make their way through the school they will work with larger numbers and also with decimals, fractions and percentages.