Mathematics

At Litcham School Primary Phase, we believe that mathematics is a creative and interconnected subject that is essential for everyday life.

The Programme of Study for mathematics was adopted from September 2014.  The programmes of study for mathematics have been set out in a year-by-year format for Key Stages 1 and 2.  However, the document also explicitly states that “decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage.”  Therefore, it is up to classroom staff to make professional, diagnostic judgements about which pupils need additional enrichment, acceleration or consolidation before moving on.  Schools have the flexibility to introduce content earlier than set out in the programme of study, as long as the relevant programme of study is taught by the end of the key stage.

The aspects covered in each year’s programme are as follows:

  • EYFS:   Development Matters Mathematics (Numbers and Shape, Space and Measure).
  • Year 1:            Number (Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions), Measurement, Geometry (Properties of Shapes, Position and Direction).
  • Year 2:            Number (Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions), Measurement, Geometry (Properties of Shapes, Position and Direction), Statistics.
  • Year 3:            Number (Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions), Measurement, Geometry (Properties of Shapes, Position and Direction), Statistics.
  • Year 4:            Number (Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions including Decimals), Measurement, Geometry (Properties of Shapes, Position and Direction), Statistics.
  • Year 5:            Number (Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions including Decimals and Percentages), Measurement, Geometry (Properties of Shapes, Position and Direction), Statistics.
  • Year 6:            Number (Number and Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions including Decimals and Percentages), Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry (Properties of Shapes, Position and Direction), Statistics.

In order to further develop and enrich children’s abilities to reason and problem solve, KS2 pupils undertake regular BIG Maths sessions, where they are given extended periods of time to work through complex problems. They have the freedom to work in ways they deem most appropriate and apply their learning from other sessions to help reach a suitable conclusion.

We also focus on the application of written methods through regular calculations lessons, pupils are provided with different methods, to meet their individual needs, and are then given the chance to practice using these on a range of problems.