At Smallwood Primary, our expectation is that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in mathematics. In order for this to happen we will teach the children step by step to ensure that they develop conceptual understanding along with procedural fluency.
One of the aims of the National Curriculum is that children become fluent in mathematics. Fluency comes from deep knowledge and practice. The ability to recall facts and manipulate them to work out other facts is important.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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
- 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