Teaching and Learning
We are committed to delivering a high quality maths education, providing a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and moreover a sense of excitement and curiosity about the subject. Children’s mathematical development comes from being immersed in a rich and interesting environment. They need to become confident and competent in learning and using key mathematical skills.
In Reception, this aspect of learning involves the children taking part in counting, sorting, matching, looking for patterns and relationships and working with number, shapes, space and measure. Mathematical concepts are taught through small group and whole class activities and are consolidated through play and independent investigation.
During Key Stage 1 pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in real life situations. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They develop a range of mental calculation skills and use these confidently in different settings. They learn about shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment. They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.
During Key Stage 2, pupils continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through exploration and discussion. They learn to make connections between mathematical ideas, leading to a deeper understanding of number. Pupils develop their use of efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations with increasingly larger numbers. They learn to solve more complex problems, including those that involve fractions and decimals, within a wide range of contexts.
- Enjoy the subject and study it with a sense of confidence and achievement.
- Achieve a high standard in numeracy and gain a secure foundation of knowledge, skills and concepts
- Use and apply these skills with confidence and understanding in real life problems.
- Develop an ability to think logically and to use mathematical language with confidence and understanding
- Have an appreciation of mathematical pattern and relationships
- Have a positive attitude towards maths as an interesting and creative subject
- Gain experience of working independently, investigating their own ideas
- Develop their own mental and written methods
Assessment in maths is on-going and an essential part of teaching. It is used to inform planning and to facilitate differentiation. Assessment enables pupils who are not making adequate progress or whose attainment is below the age-related expectations to be targeted for additional support. Children whose attainment exceeds expectations are closely monitored to ensure that they are mathematically challenged. Children’s work is marked with our “Brilliant Blue and Think Pink” marking scheme. Children are encouraged to respond to these comments, ensuring that they understand the next steps in their learning.
NRich Maths – fun, problem solving activities
Woodlands Junior Resources – maths games
Maths Zone – maths games and teaching tools
You can also access lots of exciting activities on the school VLE by clicking on ‘Activities’ on your child’s homepage.