Our aim is to give pupils a whole network of concepts and relationships that provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. Mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. It also provides the materials and means for creating new imaginative worlds to explore.
We use the National Curriculum (2014) which covers the key areas: Number, Measurement and Geometry.
We aim to help children develop a positive attitude and fascination with the patterns and concepts in the curriculum and real life, whilst gaining confidence in their mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills. Children practice the ‘building blocks’ of mathematics in the Foundation Stage and regularly apply their skills to ‘real life’ problem solving in Key Stage 1.
Key Stage 1 Class teachers organise a daily lesson of between 45 and 60 minutes for Mathematics. Teachers of Reception classes ensure that children are working towards the ‘Mathematics’ area of learning and development. Class teachers plan and deliver regular ‘Mental Maths’ sessions which aim to embed previous learning through games, songs, quick recall of facts and applying knowledge to solve problems.
Within the daily mathematics lesson, teachers ensure that they provide appropriate challenges for children of all abilities. Any child who is deemed not to be making sufficient progress in this vital area of the curriculum is given extra support, either individually or in a small intervention group.
We regularly send home Maths games or homework to provide children with further opportunity to use and develop their mental skills and strategies.