Maths

Telferscot Primary School uses the Rising Stars Mathematics Framework. This framework makes connections between National Curriculum objectives and groups them under four themes: Number Sense, Additive Reasoning, Multiplicative Reasoning and Geometric Reasoning.

Number Sense – this theme is about understanding our number system, starting with counting numbers and building on this understanding to include negative numbers, fractions and decimals. The focus is on building an understanding of how our numbers work and fit together and includes exploring place value, comparing and ordering numbers and rounding and applying this understanding in different contexts. Understanding our number system underpins calculation, and in each year group, blocks on additive reasoning and multiplicative reasoning are usually preceded by a block on number sense which explores understanding necessary for the following calculation block.

Additive Reasoning – this theme is about all aspects of understanding addition and subtraction. The focus is on understanding addition and subtraction together and the relationship between them, and using this understanding to solve problems in different contexts, including measures and statistics. The expectation is that children of all ages appropriately choose and use number facts, understanding of place value and different methods (starting with counting and mental methods and developing into mental and written methods), explaining their decision making and justifying their solutions.

Multiplicative Reasoning – this theme is about all aspects of understanding multiplication and division including fractions. The focus is on understanding multiplication and division together and the relationship between them, clearly connecting to this an understanding of fractions both as operators, e.g. the equivalence between dividing by five and multiplying by a fifth, and the outcome of divisions, e.g. understanding 3 4 4 5 ¾. This understanding is used to solve problems in different contexts, including measures and statistics. The expectation is that children of all ages appropriately choose and use number facts, understanding of place value and different methods (starting with counting and mental methods and developing into mental and written methods), explaining their decision making and justifying their solutions.

Geometric Reasoning – this theme is about all aspects of understanding shape and space and includes application of understanding of number and calculation. The focus is on understanding properties of shapes and the relationship between them, using this understanding to solve problems including problems related to measures (perimeter, area and volume), and understanding movement within space. The expectation is that children of all ages appropriately choose and use facts and understanding, explaining their decision making and justifying their solutions.

Measures and statistics are included throughout as contexts for number sense, additive reasoning and multiplicative reasoning. Algebra, which appears as a new domain in Year 6, is the introduction of “the use of symbols and letters to represent variables and unknowns in mathematical situations that [pupils] already understand,” and therefore appears in all four themes as part of generalisation of mathematical understanding.

The framework is arranged into 14 sequences for each year group, each with a length of either two or three weeks. Each of the four themes is visited at least three times each year, apart from multiplicative reasoning in KS1, which is visited twice.

Click here to see the National Curriculum programme of study for each Year Group.

For any further information on Maths at our school please contact: Mr Cooper.

 

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