The aims of the national curriculum for mathematics are that all pupils:
• Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
• Reason mathematically
• Can solve problems
The approach to mathematics teaching, learning and assessment at Alver Valley Schools reflects these aims.
At Alver Valley Schools, maths is creative and taught through a context, where possible, that is responsive to the children’s interests. Children are encouraged to take risks and challenge themselves in order to deepen their understanding of maths and make links across the different domains and other subjects.
Regular opportunities are provided to practice problems that become increasingly more complex over time in order to become fluent with the fundamentals of mathematics. This allows our pupils to develop their conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
We strongly believe in the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) approach to mathematics from Nursery to Year 6, which allows all children to secure their understanding of maths. In addition to this, children are encouraged to reason mathematically and develop their justifications and ability to prove ideas using mathematical language.