Mathematics

We aim to create confident, numerate pupils who have a repertoire of computational skills and an ability and inclination to solve mathematical problems in a variety of situations.

In the early years learning mathematics through structured play is an important aspect of our teaching. The development of early mathematical understanding takes place through role play and experience in sand, water and construction equipment. Pupils sort, match, count, compare quantities, describe patterns and explore relationships between shape and space.

From then on, mathematics is taught daily using The Primary Framework for Mathematics (2008) which identifies 7 areas of mathematics:

* Using and applying mathematics

* Counting and understanding numbers

* Knowing and using number facts

* Calculating

* Understanding shape

* Measuring

* Handling data

There are key objectives (targets) within each area and for each year group. These key objectives suggest what most children in that year group should know, understand and be able to do by the end of the year. Target leaflets are given to parents at the beginning of each academic year.

Mental mathematics features strongly in each lesson. We teach strategies and discuss their efficiency when solving problems. The learning of basic number facts, including times tables, is very important. As pupils acquire mental strategies,they are also taught standard written methods to solve problems (for example, long multiplication and division)

Whole class teaching features strongly in each lesson. It is oral, interactive and with a lively pace. It allows for the direct teaching of a key objective and it encourages pupils to respond, question, reinforce understanding, and explain methods of carrying out a calculation. The correct use of mathematical vocabulary is an integral and important part of every lesson.

Sometimes pupils work independently or with an adult. At other times they work collaboratively on group activities. For pupils who experience difficulties in understanding mathematics we provide a wider range of practical activities and resources, which are used in 'real' situations. For pupils who have a particular flair we provide a greater degree of challenge through investigations and extension activities.

Mathematical computer games are used in each year group but the use of calculators is mainly limited to the upper junior years.

 

 

 

Please have a look at our fabulous Maths displays....