"A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new"
At Oatlands Infant School, we adapt a knowledge and mastery approach to Mathematics to encourage children to become resilient, confident problem-solvers. We want all our pupils to have the courage to explore, experiment and think critically about their learning especially when faced with new challenges.
Children are challenged through a variety of high-quality, purposeful activities where they show their workings using concrete resources before establishing more formal ways of representing their understanding. We aim for children to use the appropriate vocabulary and reasoning skills when explaining their methods in order to apply their skills in real-life contexts and become mathematical thinkers.
The Maths Curriculum
In Key Stage 1 we follow the National Curriculum for maths and teach for mastery. This is to encourage and allow all children to work together on the same topic so that all children are able to gain a deeper understanding and proficiency. The National Curriculum 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.