At Farnborough Primary School we aim to inspire all children to reach their full academic potential. Maths is a creative, fun an engaging subject, which is hugely connected to our day – to – day lives. Children need to learn how to reason and solve problems, and have the fluency to succeed in later life. In mathematics, this means ensuring we have a curriculum that is fully inclusive for all children to be mathematicians:
At Farnborough, we want our children to be confident mathematicians, fluent mathematicians and to solve problems. This means that children are taught to have a deep conceptual understanding of maths, they are able to explain how they got an answer, why the answer is right and what might happen if a variable in a question is changed.
The mathematical skills are taught every day following the ‘Power Maths’ programme alongside The White Rose Maths and other mathematical resources. At Farnborough we teach maths in units, usually spending a few weeks on each topic. We try to develop children’s understanding from the Concrete, on to the Pictorial and finally onto the Abstract.
Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.
Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.
We believe that a mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when a child can show it in multiple ways, using the mathematical language to explain their ideas, and can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations; and this is what we intend all of our children to achieve.
At Farnborough Primary School we aim for all children to leave us with the confidence, skills and understanding that they need in order to proceed with success at Secondary School, their daily lives and beyond.
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