Numeracy is a proficiency that involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires an understanding of the number system, a repertoire of computational skills and an inclination to solve problems in a variety of contexts.
At Caldecote Community Primary School we follow the new National Curriculum for Maths. Here we use a number of approaches to the planning, teaching, learning and assessment of mathematics. The National Curriculum for Maths 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.
By using statutory curriculum criteria and other relevant planning documentation, we ensure that every year group covers the following core skills:
- Number and Place Value
- Addition and Subtraction
- Multiplication and Division
- Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
- Ratio and Proportion (Y6)
- Algebra (Y6)
In addition we strongly support the theory that mental computation is the foundation of being numerate. We teach mental maths discretely at the beginning of every maths lesson. Similarly, we consider the application of mathematics to problem solving and reasoning a vital skill and focus heavily on the developing pupil’s abilities in this area.