Mathematics

Mathematics is all about patterns and relationships, making tricks like this one possible. At Fens, we understand the importance of equipping children with the knowledge and understanding to make sense of these patterns in order to become confident, fluent mathematicians.

First, a little trick.

  • Write down any three digits from 1 to 9
  • Use the digits to make all the six possible two-digit numbers and add them up.
  • Divide your answer by the sum of the three digits you chose to start with.
  • Your answer will be 22. Promise!

Intent
At Fens Primary School, we strive to develop true masters of mathematics through engaging children in lessons which build fluency, develop children’s curiosity and ensure children apply knowledge and be creative in order to solve problems. We aim for all children to enjoy and experience success in Mathematics.

At Fens Primary School, we use a mastery approach which ensures children spend time working through challenging problems, quickly recalling and transferring key facts, reasoning about mathematics and applying these skills in different contexts. We ensure that every child becomes fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through enjoyable, engaging and inspiring tasks, which build a secure and deep understanding of key concepts. Mistakes and misconceptions are used as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems.

Implementation
Our whole mathematics curriculum is shaped by our vision which aims to ensure all children become true masters of mathematics. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression adapted from the White Rose small steps document. This ensures we can plan progressive and sequential lessons. We then supplement our planning with other resources from Classroom Secrets, Twinkl, I See Reasoning and Problem Solving and White Rose. All children are catered for within mathematics lessons through differentiation of activities, resources and support to ensure that the teacher can offer the necessary support and challenge to ensure each individual can make good progress and reach their true potential. We ensure Maths is taught in creative and engaging lessons using a range of concrete apparatus. Challenge is visible throughout the whole session, where children are asked to reason and prove their understanding at a deeper level.

Impact
By the end of KS2, we aim for children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. They should have the skills to solve problems by applying their mathematics to variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios. Children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.