As mathematics is such an important life skill, we aim to equip children with the skills necessary for life outside the classroom. As the New curriculum states
‘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.’
We use real life situations to develop children problem solving capabilities.
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.
To achieve these aims the children are taught number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, properties of shape, position and direction, statistics, ratio and proportion, algebra. A coverage grid is in place which is used alongside the teachers own creativity to produce a range of written and practical tasks to aid the children’s learning.
We aim to foster in children a love of number and the inspiration to solve problems. Talking is a big part of what we do and we aim to give the children the confidence to talk about how and why they have used certain strategies. There is high level of emphasis on mental calculations where children are given the time to solve calculations.
To further support the children’s learning and motivation we often use ICT to support our lessons.
In the classroom children are grouped according to ability so that the tasks can be set at a level suitable for their age and stage of development.