The Maths Intent - Why we teach what we teach

At New Close Primary School, we believe that a high quality Mathematics education provides the foundations for understanding the world around us because Mathematics models the world in which we live in so many ways. The intent of our mathematics curriculum is to provide a curriculum that is accessible, well matched and challenging to the needs of all learners. All learners should become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and should be able to reason mathematically and solve problems by the application of their mathematical understanding. We endeavour to ensure that children develop an enthusiastic and creative attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. We have high expectation and ambition for all our children, and want them all to achieve their full potential in maths during their time at New Close. We hold the belief that every child can successfully master the ideas within their year group’s curriculum. 

 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.