Our mathematics curriculum is based on the 2014 National Curriculum. We place great emphasis on mathematics enrichment, where children gain a deeper understanding, so they are able to use problem-solving and apply maths concepts in other areas of the curriculum. Other useful documents for parents and carers include our calculation policy (The stages of calculation taught at Mareham) and maths progression through the school.
KS1 and KS2
At Mareham, we understand that our curriculum will not necessarily match the way parents were taught mathematics. As a result, we have written a calculation policy (The stages of calculation taught at Mareham) as well as holding parent support evenings so that parents can understand the methods and approaches in use across the school. We value the support of parents because pupils progress better if they are given the same type of support at home.
In Year one and two pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They develop a range of mental calculation skills and use these confidently in different settings. They learn about shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment. They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.
In Year three, four, five and six pupils use the number system more confidently. They move from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations. They always try to tackle a problem with mental methods before using any other approach. Pupils explore features of shape and space and develop their measuring skills in a range of contexts. They discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wider range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts.