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Mathematics

At Purston Infant School we are passionate about teaching maths. Like all the other subjects we strive to make all of our maths lessons as exciting, practical and as real life as possible.  We teach our children using a mastery approach.  All children are encouraged to work towards achieving mastery in maths, children are provided with activities that build upon concrete, pictoral and abstract opportunities in order to acquire a deep, long-term and secure understanding of mathematical concepts.  We strive to provide opportunities to develop fluency within maths, ensuring children have the opportunity to embed their mathematical knowledge through meaningful reasoning and problem solving activities whilst challenging children’s thinking through questioning.

Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives.

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.

Mathematics content can be accessed from; www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study

World Maths Day being celebrated throughout school.