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Mathematics – The New Curriculum

First of all,

  • Don’t panic!!

    • Number chain

      I start with number 4

      Add 6

      Divide by 2

      Multiply by 5

      Multiply by 4

      Subtract 73

      What number do I have?



  • To become more familiar with the content of the new National Curriculum for Mathematics.

  • To know which formal written methods we use to support the new curriculum.

  • To know how you can support your child at home with mathematics.


  • The politics...

    • The new national curriculum is being shaped to provide a level of challenge – and ambition – explicitly sharper than exists in the current national curriculum.

      Michael Gove, April 2013.


  • It is estimated that at least 1 in 4 of adults is innumerate.

  • The employment prospects of today’s students are highly dependent on their level of mathematical knowledge on leaving education.

  • Children must be able to recall quickly and accurately basic number facts (e.g. Number bonds and multiplication tables).

  • Children must be fluent in applying quick, efficient written methods of calculation.

    DfE 2012

Key Changes

  • Probability has been removed (now in Secondary).

  • Earlier and more challenging requirement for multiplication tables (up to 12x12).

  • Clear expectations around written methods in addition to mental methods.

  • Earlier and more challenging requirement for fractions and decimals.

  • Increased requirement for pupils to use formulae for volume and to calculate the area of shapes other than squares and rectangles.

Key Changes

  • Financial education has been reinforced with a renewed emphasis on essential numeracy skills, using money and working with percentages.

  • A strong steer that the use of calculators should be restricted until the later years of primary.

The Three Aims

  • The new national curriculum aims to ensure that:

    • Pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through increasingly complex problems and can apply and recall knowledge rapidly.

    • Pupils can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and developing a proof using mathematical language.

    • Pupils can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication.

Have a go!

  • We will divide into four, depending on the colour of the cube on your chair.

    • Red – Mrs Hiscock – Addition and Subtraction

    • Blue – Miss Carroll – Short and Long Multiplication

    • Green – Mr Redmill – Short Division

    • Yellow – Ms Marshall– Long Division

    • Then, after 15 minutes, move onto the next operation in the next classroom.

What can you do at home to help your child?

  • Parents' attitudes toward mathematics have an impact on children's attitudes. Children whose parents show an interest in and enthusiasm for mathematics will be more likely to develop that enthusiasm themselves.

  • Play games that involve adding. E.g. Shut the Box.

  • Talk about shapes that you see around the home, etc.

  • When out shopping, talk about quantities and how much things cost.

  • Use numbers on signs, car registrations plates, to play games, add and subtract, highest/lowest etc.

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