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The New Mathematics Curriculum

The following information has been taken directly from the New National Curriculum.

 

Purpose of study 
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected 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 have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems.

 

·         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. 

 

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. 

 

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

 

At Northwood

 

Below is the way we run Maths at Northwood.  To become a master at an objective the student must be able to apply the objective to all other areas of the Maths curriculum. For example in Year 6 if a child wants to master the objective of multiyplying four digits by two digits they must be able to do the computation of it and also use and apply this method through measures, geometry, statistics, fractions, decimals, percentages and number. This is how the rainbow system works. You must be able to solve that concept in every colour of the rainbow.

For more information about the expectations in each year level, see the Northwood Calculation Policy below. 

Northwood Calculation Policy

If you have any questions about the curriculum please don't hesitate to contact the office and they will make you an appointment with the relevant member of staff.