“Even the hardest puzzles have a solution.”
The aim of the curriculum is to develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts in order for children to solve problems efficiently. This is often referred to as the ‘Mastery Curriculum.’ The principle focus of mathematics teaching in Key Stage One is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. Pupils develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Pupils explore a range of measures to compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity, time and money.
Our main scheme for teaching Mathematics is Maths No Problem. Maths No Problem was developed in Singapore and is the only scheme to be accredited by the Department for Education. The approach of the scheme focuses on teaching maths for mastery. When taught to master maths, children develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning and are able to solve maths problems without having to memorise procedures. In Key Stage One, the curriculum is based on using the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach to solve problems. This allows children to become skilled in the use of using manipulatives, journaling and symbols to solve problems.