In the Primary School we follow the National Curriculum for England and implement our Mathematics programme through the revised Primary Framework.
The Primary Framework for Mathematics is a comprehensive document which clearly outlines the areas of coverage required in mathematical development from Year One to Year Six. The programme places an increased emphasis on Using and Applying Maths in a variety of problem solving contexts. From September 2007, the curriculum consists of 7 strands, which are covered at different levels in each year group:
- Using and applying mathematics
- Counting and understanding number
- Knowing and using number facts
- Understanding shape
- Handling data.
These strands are organised into five blocks with each block drawing on three of the mathematics strands, including the using and applying mathematics strand. These are visited approximately once a term:
- Block A: Counting, partitioning and calculating
- Block B: Securing number facts and understanding shape
- Block C: Handling data and measures
- Block D: Calculating, measuring and understanding shape
- Block E: Securing number facts, relationships and calculating
At BIS we strongly believe that when children leave our Primary School they:
- have a secure knowledge of number facts and a good understanding of the four operations
- are able to use this knowledge and understanding to carry out calculations mentally and to apply general strategies when using single-digit and two-digit numbers and particular strategies to special cases involving bigger numbers
- make use of diagrams and informal notes to help record steps and partial answers when using mental methods that generate more information than can be kept in their heads
- have an efficient, reliable, compact written method of calculation for each operation, which they can apply with confidence when undertaking calculations that they cannot carry out mentally
- use a calculator effectively, using their mental skills to monitor the process, check the steps involved and decide whether the numbers displayed make sense.
We closely follow our recently designed ‘calculation policy’ which provides clear guidance for the teaching of calculation strategies from Year One to Year Six. Click here to view our policy. For more information regarding the Primary Framework for Maths please click here.