The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, 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.

Maths at Sennen School focuses on ensuring every child develops a deep understanding of mathematics, in particular number and the four operations. Our aim is to enable every child to leave our school confident in all maths skills to thrive later in life.

Our children need to develop the necessary skills to make them “deep thinkers”, acquiring maths skills that can be recalled quickly and transferred and applied in different contexts, They need to be able to make rich connections across areas of maths and use their knowledge in other subjects.

By embedding the Mastery approach into the curriculum, we ensure calculation is secure by including reasoning and problem-solving opportunities across a series of lessons. Secure links are made and prior knowledge is continually tested and challenged throughout.

Our aspiration is for every child to see themselves as a Mathematician – demonstrating resilience and a confident attitude towards tackling problems both in and out of the classroom and understanding the impact of maths in the wider world.

We follow the White Rose progression document. Details of what needs to be covered in each year group is listed below. You can also see a copy of our calculation policy which shows how each operation progresses.