Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The national curriculum for mathematics 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.
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Books to inspire maths
Spinderella: A spider’s quest to learn about numbers in order to organise a football team creates great opportunities to discuss multiplication and division, and gives a really positive message about the power of mathematics.
One is a Snail: Ten is a Crab. A really enjoyable and clever mathematical story book that gets children thinking about the concept of multiplication and scaling by comparing feet.
THE QUEEN’S KNICKERS: A hilarious mathematical story book which focuses on pattern and quantity.
A squash and a Squeeze: A fun problem solving book which focuses on space and measures, and the concept of making things bigger and smaller. Discuss what changed (the number of occupants) and stayed the same at each point in the story (the size of the house).