Mathematics

 The school retains a strong emphasis on traditional standards while preparing children for the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

We portray Mathematics as an exciting area of human knowledge, relevant to many aspects of our modern life. In this way, we stimulate and maintain students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the subject.

Teaching classes are small throughout the school, allowing individual attention and the opportunity for all pupils to achieve their maximum potential. The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and highly qualified teachers, using up to date books and equipment prepare pupils for maximum success by the end of Key Stage 2.  We use the Abacus Mathematics scheme.

Early Years

We teach Mathematics in our Reception class.  As the class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the mathematical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five.

We give all the children ample opportunity to develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space through varied activities that allow them to enjoy, explore, practise and talk confidently about Mathematics.

Key Stage 1

The pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of Mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. 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.

Key Stage 2

The pupils use the number system more confidently. They move from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations. They always try to tackle a problem with mental methods before using any other approach.  Pupils explore features of shape and space and develop their measuring skills in a range of contexts. They discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wider range of Mathematical language, diagrams and charts.

Contribution of Mathematics to teaching in other curriculum areas

English

Mathematics contributes significantly to the teaching of English in our school by actively promoting the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. For example, we encourage children to read and interpret problems in order to identify the Mathematics involved. The children explain and present their work to others during plenary sessions. Younger children enjoy stories and rhymes that rely on counting and sequencing. Older children encounter Mathematical vocabulary, graphs and charts when using non-fiction texts.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Children use and apply Mathematics in a variety of ways when solving problems using ICT.  Younger children use ICT to communicate results with appropriate Mathematical symbols. Older children use it to produce graphs and tables when explaining their results or when creating repeating patterns, such as tessellations. When working on control, children use standard and non-standard measures for distance and angle. They use simulations to identify patterns and relationships.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship

Mathematics contributes to the teaching of Personal, Social and Health Education, and Citizenship. The work that children do outside their normal lessons encourages independent study and helps them to become increasingly responsible for their own learning. The planned activities that children do within the classroom encourage them to work together and respect each other’s views. We present Year 5 and 6 children with real-life situations in their work in money as they run the stationery shop. We hold sales and non-uniform days to raise money for charity and the older children help to count this money.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

The teaching of Mathematics supports the social development of our children through the way we expect them to work with each other in lessons. During group work, children are expected to work together, and we give them the chance to discuss their ideas and results.

Teaching mathematics to children with special educational needs

At our school we teach Mathematics to all children, whatever their ability. Mathematics forms part of the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education to all children. Through our Mathematics teaching we provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make progress. We do this by setting suitable learning challenges and responding to each child’s different needs. Assessment against the National Curriculum allows us to consider each child’s attainment and progress against expected levels.When progress falls significantly outside the expected range, the child may have special educational needs. Our assessment process looks at a range of factors – classroom organisation, teaching materials, teaching style, differentiation – so that we can take some additional or different action to enable the child to learn more effectively. This ensures that our teaching is matched to the child’s needs.

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