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Our Maths Curriculum

Here at Braidwood our curriculum follows the National Curriculum programme of study, teaching the topics separately and revisiting every year.  This means Number is taught in the first half term then Measure. Then subsequently Algebra, Statistics and Geometry. In the summer half term investigations and problem solving exercises assess fluency, reasoning and problem solving across all domains.


Our aim is to ensure that all learners:

               become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so that learners develop an understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

               can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and explaining the outcomes.

               can solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in finding the answer.

Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity (numbers), structure, space, and change. It is sometimes called a language of patterns and relationships.


The five branches of maths we study are:


NUMBER (and Number Sense):

This is about the meaning of numbers, their relationships, their size, the operations and calculations involving numbers and how we use number for quantities. Skills in number sense are  important because we use them in everyday situations both in and out of school.



Measure is about  answering questions such as how many, how big, how long, how much? Measurements help us to describe and record the things around us. We can weigh things, record temperatures, distances and time etc. Many of us will use measure in the future both at home and at work.



Algebra is the method by which we recognise and describe patterns in numbers, sequences, graphs and charts. It is also a study of how to solve problems and puzzles using letters, numbers and symbols. In algebra we use calculations, equations and formula to solve problems



Statistics is the study of the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and organization of data (wikipedia). 



Geometry is when we study shapes and their properties as well as constucting those shapes Geometry can be used to calculate the size and shape of many things. It can be used to calculate angles, area, volume and perimeter.