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 mathematics, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
(National Curriculum 2014)
At Altrincham we strive to shape confident, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. We want our pupils to become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum.
The aims of our Mathematics Curriculum are for our pupils to:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied fluency 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.
At Altrincham we use the White Rose Maths Hub schemes of learning. These schemes provide teachers with exemplification for maths objectives and are broken down into fluency, reasoning and problem solving, key aims of the National Curriculum. They support a mastery approach to teaching and learning and have number at their heart. They ensure teachers stay in the required key stage and support the ideal of depth before breadth. They support pupils working together as a whole group and provide plenty of time to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum.
The following overviews will give you some guidance as to what is taught in each year group in each term. Please be aware that classes may work at a different pace to what is outlined below and mixed age group classes may block their topics differently.