Why we teach maths?
Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children
make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners. Children delight in using mathematics to solve a problem, especially when it leads them to an unexpected discovery or new connections. As their confidence grows, they look for patterns, use logical reasoning, suggest solutions and try out different approaches to problems. Mathematics offers children a powerful way of communicating. They learn to explore and explain their ideas using symbols, diagrams and spoken and written language. They start to discover how mathematics has developed over time and how it contributes to our economy, society and culture. Studying mathematics stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in life beyond school.
At our school we make maths exciting, enjoyable and stimulating. We provide high quality teaching which is engaging, interactive and builds upon children’s prior learning. Our school’s maths and calculation policy ensures that there is consistency across the three sites and the children are provided with the key strategies in order for them to reach their full potential.
The present maths curriculum is divided into:
Number- Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division and Fractions.
Measure- Length, Mass, Volume, Capacity, Time, Money and Temperature.
Geometry-Identification and the properties of 2D and 3D shape and Position and Movement.
Statistics-Construction and interpretation of data.
In year 6 we also cover:
Ratio and Proportion.
These areas will be covered several times over the academic year to ensure consolidation and the opportunity for progression.
As well as teaching maths in our maths lessons we provide opportunities for children to apply the skills and concepts taught across the whole curriculum. It is essential that the children understand how maths is used in our world today.