Welcome to the Maths Curriculum Area
Maths at NJK
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
At NJK we passionately believed that for children to be able to successful and achieve great results in maths we need to teach in a way that supports and deepens real mathematical understanding, encourages risk taking and problem solving and promotes high expectations that everyone can do maths. We achieve this by ensuring that there is a high quality teaching which ensures good progression with a consistent developmental approach, provides creative problem solving and reasoning opportunities, ensures that key concepts are mastered and retained through intelligent practise and emphases a ‘can do’ growth mind set approach.
In order for children to understand maths they need to ‘DO’ maths and at all stages they use practical equipment to experience mathematical concepts, model mathematics and explain their thinking using precise mathematical language. Our school calculation policy shows a range of the models and images that we use in school for each year group and this year we are focusing on the use of ‘Numicon’ as a key recourse to develop conceptual understanding.
So in our classrooms
You will see:
Children engaged and excited by maths
Children using practical equipment
Children working collaboratively on a wide range of different problem
Teacher’s clearly modelling
Maths games to practise key facts and reinforce key concepts
You will hear:
Children talking about the maths using mathematical vocabulary
Children explaining and deepening their understanding
You will feel:
A classroom climate where mistakes are valued and part of the deepening our understanding
Children realise that mathematics is about the process and exploration not ‘the answer’
Everyone knows that they can succeed
Maths Cafes form an important part of our maths curriculum. Each class or year group hosts a maths café for their parents, friends and grandparents. To prepare for the café, the children decide what they are going to serve and the prices for the items. Then they make the food and any other products to sell. This gives a real practical purpose for their mathematics, including problem solving, weighing and measuring, money, estimating, calculation and an appreciation of running an enterprise to make a profit. At the café, the children are in charge of organising, selling and hosting the event.