Maths equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life, and with this in mind we endeavor to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards all aspects of mathematics.
At Cranfield Academy we aim to make math’s lessons challenging, purposeful, relevant, inspirational, exciting and enjoyable. The pupil’s numerical experience should be continuous and progressive producing competent and confident young mathematicians who can use their skills in a wider context.
The Cranfield Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Experience an ambitious, inspiring and progressive mathematical curriculum.
- Have greater emphasis on a secure knowledge and mental recollection of key number facts across all year groups.
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems.
- 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.
- Are proficient in fluent “maths talk”.
The Cranfield Curriculum and classroom environments reflect the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum . Within each classroom you will see consistency in ‘Magic Maths’ displays which support pupil’s learning with the progressive language related to the four operations. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their mathematical vocabulary and presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof. Pupils are assisted in making their thinking clear to themselves as well as others.
At Cranfield Church of England Academy, the curriculum content and targets for each year group are in accordance with the Cranfield Curriculum Framework and aims for the highest standards of teaching and learning and clear progression for children at Cranfield. Your child's progress in Mathematics is shared termly. In Reception, this is with the Early Years Framework and in Years One to Year Four, with Stepping Stones.
Should you require any additional information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to do any of the following:
- Explore the Parent Workshops page of our Website where our latest workshops for parents are available to download.
- Download the Policy for Maths at Cranfield.
- Download the Cranfield Calculation Methods for details on progression through different methods taught throughout the school.
- Speak to your child’s class teacher or the Mathematics Leader, Mrs Natasha George – we are happy to help!