National Strategies Secondary Maths Collection – Key Processes
Collection Author: Craig Barton - Maths AST and creator of www.mrbartonmaths.com (TES Name: mrbartonmaths)
In the new programmes of study at Key Stages 3 and 4 there is much greater emphasis on the key processes and attainment target 1 is different, now entitled Mathematical Processes and Applications. Key processes lie at the heart of the new Secondary National Curriculum in mathematics and should be embedded in all units of work. They should influence the nature of mathematical activities to be undertaken and provide powerful guides to teachers making choices about pedagogical approaches and classroom organisation. The key processes are:
- Use mathematical reasoning
- Use appropriate mathematical procedures
- Interpreting and evaluating
- Communicating and reflecting
- Explanation of how the key processes relate to the former ‘Using and applying mathematics’. It describes the role of the key processes in problem-solving and makes links to applications and to progression in functional mathematics.
- Guidance on incorporating the key processes in number into teaching.
- Guidance supporting planning to incorporate the key processes in algebra into teaching.
- Guidance supporting planning to incorporate the key processes in geometry and measures into teaching.
- Guidance supporting planning to incorporate the key processes in statistics into teaching.
- Guidance supporting planning to incorporate ICT and the key processes into teaching. This document gives illustrative examples and includes sections on ‘Representing’, ‘Analysing’, ‘Interpreting and evaluating’ and ‘Communicating and reflecting’.