Central to our teaching practice are the National Curriculum aims, which are for each child to:
- 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
- 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.
Our one page maths overview outlines the different resources that we have available to support the teaching of reasoning and problem solving.
- White Rose Maths premium
- NCETM resources
- Goal-free problems
- Puzzles & problems
Teachers expose children to reasoning and problem solving questions habitually as part of our daily approach, when fluency in varied contexts has been secured. We also teach systematic, methodical, logical, investigative approaches to tackling some more complex problems. We also aim to encourage children to explain their reasoning succinctly using mathematical language and symbols.