Mathematics in the National Curriculum is divided into six key areas. Within these areas, all of the main topics of mathematics are covered.
These areas are the following:
Number and Place Value
Children learn to read and write numbers, identify patterns, understand the value of a digit in a number and compare numbers. The new curriculum also requires children to have a sound understanding of Roman numerals before leaving primary school.
Addition and Subtraction
Children learn addition and subtraction methods appropriate to their age to solve calculations and problems. By the end of year six, children will use standard written column methods.
Multiplication and Division
Children learn multiplication and division methods appropriate to their age to solve calculations and problems. By the end of year six, children will use standard written methods.
Children learn to use, read and write standard units of length, mass, volume and time. As children move through school, they learn how to find the perimeter and area of shapes and use relevant formulas where possible.
Fractions, Decimal and Percentages
Children understand that a fraction describes part of a whole. Through school, children learn to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions and simplify using common factors. Additionally, children will learn to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages.
Children learn to recognise, compare, draw and classify 2D and 3D shapes and use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement. By the end of year six, children will name parts of a circle and find unknown angles in triangles, quadrilaterals and regular polygons.
At Bowlee Park Community School, the children experience maths through three areas: arithmetic, reasoning and problem solving. The children have a daily maths lesson, which covers across these three areas and two twenty minute slots per week of discrete arithmetic. Furthermore, they will have one lesson every fortnight to focus on problem solving strategies. These discrete areas, we feel, are the best way to prepare your children for their future.