From Play to Proof

Maths teachers, from across the school, sat down for a morning’s reflection on what Maths education should be, from 4 – 18, at School 21.

  • Broadly, by the end of Yr4 students should be broadly numerate, comfortable with place value and any number.
  • By the end of Yr6 they should be equipped with all the practical numeracy they are likely to need to use in their lives.
  • Secondary maths, therefore, is broadly about enlarging brains for the sake of it, rather than teaching practical applications of maths. This shift could be the cause of the change in attitudes that students have about maths – from unadulterated joy in Yr3 to dread in Yr8.

 

Year

Content

Process

R

Familiarity with basic number

Exploration and play

1

1 – 100, add and subtract

Concrete and visual strategies

2

1 – 100, add and subtract

Concrete and visual strategies

3

1 – 10,000, multiply and divide

Efficient methods of tackling two-step problems

4

1 – , multiply and divide

Efficient methods of tackling two-step problems

5

Fractions, decimals, negatives

Introduction to formal problem-solving toolkit

6

Fractions, decimals, negatives

Introduction to formal problem-solving toolkit

7

Summary of number

Relight the fire after SATS

Problem-solving in more complex scenarios

Move from concrete –> visual –> abstract

8

Links to outside maths (through projects)

Focus on the hand – crafting beautiful products

Answering the question “Why study maths?)

9

Links within maths

Understanding algebra deeply

Being comfortable with using technology to graph, to analyse data on spreadsheets

10

Clarity of communication

Independent work

Sophisticated open Problems

11

A GCSE is an example of beautiful and deep understanding

12

Understanding infinity, limits, calculus…

Proof, rigour

The Modelling cycle

Technology

13

Lifelong learners of Mathematics

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