Mathematics is a core subject and is taught daily across the school. The main aims, as set out by the national curriculum for mathematics are 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 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
In the daily maths lessons the objectives taught are taken directly from national curriculum with an extra emphasis on the non negotiables, as set out by Focus Trust. Find out more about non-negotiables by clicking here.
Once a week from year 2 onwards we have a ‘maths basic skills’ lesson. During this lesson the children are grouped based on their basic number knowledge.
In addition we aim to develop pupils’ numeracy and mathematical reasoning in all subjects so that they understand and appreciate the importance of mathematics.
In order to teach the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), we follow a 4 stage calculation policy. You can find our calculation policy here:
At Old Trafford Community Academy we aim to develop lifelong mathematicians and so make sure the children fully understand and are confident at each stage before they are moved onto the next stage.
If you would like to know more about the skills being taught to your child and which stage of the calculation policy your child is working please come into school and the class teachers will happily discuss this further with you.