Aims of the National Curriculum

Three Aims of the National Curriculum

We have some specific features that will help you embed the aims of the new National Curriculum in England (problem solving, reasoning and fluency) in your school. We have one feature on each of the aims.
Age 5 to 11

Number Fluency

This feature brings together tasks which help to develop learners' fluency in the context of number and calculation.

Age 5 to 11


This feature draws together tasks which give learners opportunities to reason for different purposes.

Age 5 to 11

Problem Solving

This feature details how NRICH can help you embed a problem-solving approach in your classroom.

Age 5 to 11

Celebrating Solutions

This feature focuses on how children's solutions to NRICH tasks can themselves be used as a teaching resource.

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

What's the Problem with Problem Solving?

The focus of this feature is to show that every lesson can be a problem solving lesson.

Problem-Solving Skills

Linked to the National Curriculum aims, the following features are all based around key problem-solving skills.
Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Working Systematically

These activities encourage children to work systematically in a variety of contexts.

Age 7 to 11

Mastering Mathematics: Developing Generalising and Proof

This feature focuses on generalising and proving.

Age 5 to 11

Strategy Games

These strategy games are a great way of helping children develop logical thinking.

Recording Mathematics

In addition to exploring the National Curriculum aims, take a look at our feature on Recording Mathematics.
Age 5 to 11

Recording Mathematics

This collection of activities allows you to focus on children's own representations and recordings.