Mathematics

The Maths Hub

We're proud to continue to work with The Solent Maths Hub who provide our staff with relevant, practical and high-quality CPD and support to ensure children get the very best teaching.

Subject leader

Miss Light is responsible for Maths. This means ensuring there is an ambitious curriculum set, supporting teachers to implement it through high-quality lessons and checking that everything is helping children to know more, remember more and do more.

If you would like more information in addition to that published on this page, please email:

p.light@oakfield.hants.sch.uk

Purpose of Study

Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems.

It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Aims

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.

The Four Areas of Mathematics

Mathematics is divided into four areas, which are further broken down into sections.

Number

Measurement

Geometry

Statistics

Moving through Maths ...

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

Oakfield's Approach

Intent

We are setting out to help our pupils be ...

  • fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.

  • able to reason.

  • able to solve problems.

Implementation

We will do this by ensuring children can ...

  • Visualise - we use the CPA approach to help pupils understand mathematics and to make connections between different representations.

  • Describe - we place great emphasis on mathematical language and questioning so pupils can discuss the mathematics they are doing, and so support them to take ideas further.

  • Experiment - as well as being fluent mathematicians, we want pupils to love and learn more about mathematics.

Impact

We will have made a difference when ...

  • Children remember number 'facts' and can recall these with speed - we quiz children weekly using 'KIRFS' or Key Instant Recall Facts that help us to check.

  • Children can reason - we ask lots of questions in mathematics, with an emphasis on 'why?' and 'how do you know?' to ensure children understand as well as recite.

  • Children can solve problems - by using mathematics in a variety of contexts and solving problems, we can check children can use and apply their knowledge and skills. We test children every six weeks to help assess how well they do this.

What are children taught and when?

Here is an overview of what we expect children to be taught in each year group and when.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Detailed Progression

Here is a detailed breakdown of mathematical learning concepts that a sequenced over time to provide progression in learning.

Number

Number - Place Value

Number - Addition & Subtraction

Number - Multiplication & Division

Number - Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Number - Ration & Proportion

Number - Algebra

Measurement

Measurement

Geometry

Geometry

Statistics

Statistics