National Curriculum 2014
What does this mean for Maths?
Why has the national curriculum changed?
As the Department for Education puts it, it’s all about trying to compete in the global economy and the curriculum 2014, “combines the best elements of what is taught in the world’s most successful school systems, including Hong Kong,Massachusetts, Singapore and Finland, with some of the most impressive (existing) practice from schools in England.”The aim is to equip children with the top-class knowledge and skills that universities and employers demand.
What does this mean for Maths?
The following information has been taken directly from the New NationalCurriculumPurpose ofstudyMathematics 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.
Thenational curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
becomefluentin 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 problemsreasonmathematicallyby following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical languagecansolve problemsby 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.
When is Maths taught?
Maths is a core subject with a range of cross-curricular links (e.g. data handling in Science, measures in Geography) but most often, is best taught discretely, using opportunities from other subjects to rehearse skills in a context.Our policy is that Maths is taught for one hour a day and we are planning in opportunities for Maths to become topic based and used across all areas of the curriculum.
What has changed?
At a glance…
Changes to the Maths Curriculum: Year 1
Changes to the Maths Curriculum: Year2
Changes to the Maths Curriculum: Year3
Changes to the Maths Curriculum: Year4
Changes to the Maths Curriculum: Year5
To sum up…
Fractionsare introduced earlier, multiplication tables up to 12x are expected by age 9There is an increased emphasis on practice. “So pupils develop the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately”Calculators are out! – to be replaced by “mental fluency and the use of efficient written methods in the four mathematical operations”The National Curriculum Levels are out! – Schools will be free to decide how to report to parents on children’s progress.
How canI help my child at home?
Praise! Praise! Praise!Make it fun! Games/puzzles/jigsaws/songsMake it practical!Make it relevant ! Showhow we use maths skills in our everyday lives andinvolveyour child in this.Make it noisy! If your child is stuck talk it through. Use mathematical vocabulary.Times Tables – top tips for times tables/apps/songs/websitesNumber bonds – apps/websites/games