Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that our children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics.
We aim to promote a positive attitude towards developing mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding in an enjoyable, fun and non-threatening context. All our pupils have a daily maths lesson which focuses on mental skills, arithmetic, reasoning, fluency and problem solving. We follow the Development Matters EYFS Curriculum and the National Curriculum to provide our children with a wide mathematical education, taught in an enjoyable, relevant and creative way. We use real life experiences so that children begin to understand the importance of applying mathematical skills in order to solve problems and engage them for future learning. This involves investigative work, problem solving, word problems and many direct practical experiences to develop understanding. We have a very practical approach to mathematics, which allows children to learn and understand a range of concepts at an appropriate level. Children are given opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in a creative and cross curricular way and to answer their own lines of enquiry. Teaching incorporates practical problem solving, oral and written activities using a wide range of resources.
Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 undertake Big Maths as their first task of the day. This scheme focuses on practicing and revisiting a range of areas of mathematics. A review of this learning takes place each Friday.
Children have Sumdog accounts, which they can access at school and from home. This program allows children to access the current curriculum objectives in a fun, engaging and competitive way. Other ICT programs are also used to support their learning such as Ten Town, to which parents also have access. Mathematical homework is set every week, with a focus on times tables and mental maths.
In light of the new changes made to the National Curriculum, there is now a focus on children not only achieving the expected level but greater depth in maths. As a result of this, teachers are implementing strategies and resources to develop the mastery of maths. This is now a main focus within the classroom, ensuring all children reach their full potential in an exciting and challenging way.