From the Early Years the school aims to give every child a thorough understanding of number and algebra, shape, space and handling data. In nursery and reception children learn to recognise and write numbers, to develop 1-1 correspondence for counting and to order numbers and do simple addition and subtraction.
Throughout the school a strong emphasis is also placed on investigative and problem-solving activities. The work is delivered through a balance of individual programmes, group work and whole class lessons. Our mathematics curriculum has the overall aim of meeting the individual needs of children of all abilities, as well as offering challenge and enjoyment. We use AET Maths as a structure for planning in Years 1-6 (supplementing with resources from the White Rose Maths Hub and other sources where appropriate).
We want to make maths challenging and active, to ensure that children are having a positive experience and gain powerful tools for future use. We aim to make maths fun, engaging and interesting by extending children’s knowledge and broadening children’s mathematical processes through “real-life problems”. There is a strong commitment to practical activities leading to mathematical understanding as well as in mental arithmetic as a basis for the children to be able to tackle more complex mathematical operations with confidence.
In order to be successful mathematicians, we provide children with multi-step problems so they will improve their understanding of mathematics as a whole subject.
A successful mathematician will have:
• An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
• A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
• Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
• The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.
• The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
• The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
• Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
• A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
• A commitment to and passion for the subject.
In order to engage children in their mathematical activities we have purchased Times Tables Rock Stars for use on laptops. This promotes increased speed and recall of multiplication facts and can also be used at home. Once the children demonstrate a thorough understanding of a particular multiplication table, we award them a badge to proudly wear around school. We have undertaken practical whole-school Maths theme days in school and implement regular testing in classrooms to ensure that all children’s individual needs are being addressed.