I do think that this new primary curriculum, with its insistence on higher and higher level content, without time to consolidate the building blocks, will undo a lot of the good work that has been done in primary maths over the last 2o years or so.
The purpose of study and the aims of the new Mathematics NC are perfect:
"Purpose of study
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education
therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
* become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils 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 or proof using mathematical language
* can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing
sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions."
Its just how these have been interpreted that are massively flawed ...