The National Curriculum emphasises the importance of all children mastering the content taught each year and discourages the acceleration of children into content from subsequent years. The National Curriculum document says:
The expectation is that the majority of children will move through the programme of study at broadly the same pace.
However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of children's understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Children who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
Progress in mathematics learning each year should be assessed according to the extent to which children are gaining a deep understanding of the content taught for the year, resulting in sustainable knowledge and skills. Key measures of this are the abilities to reason mathematically and to solve increasingly complex problems, doing so with fluency, as described in the aims of the National Curriculum.
To read the full DFE Mathematics Programmes of Study: Key Stages 1 and 2 National Curriculum England, please click here.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
- Become fluent in the fundamental's of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children 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 of proof using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine or non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Lawn Primary we use White Rose Maths as our base mathematics scheme. White Rose Mathematics is influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading math researchers and practitioners across the world. To see our Mathematics Curriculum by year group, please click here.