The special power of mathematics lies in its capacity not just to describe and explain but also to predict – to suggest possible answers to problems. It is not only taught because it is useful but it should also be a source of delight and wonder. As a school we want to enable children to see that mathematics provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It can be used to analyse and communicate ideas and information effectively and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.
Aims for Mathematics
Our aims in teaching Mathematics are that the children will:
- Enjoy the subject and study it with a sense of confidence and achievement.
- Have a positive attitude towards mathematics as an interesting and creative subject.
- 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 and within mathematics itself.
- Develop mathematical thinking.
- Have an appreciation of mathematical pattern and relationships
- Gain experience of working independently, investigating their own ideas and developing their own mental and written methods.
- Develop persistence through sustained work over a period of time.
- Gain the skills and language to communicate, describe and record their mathematical understanding.
- Develop reasoning, argument, proof, and prediction.
Our planning follows the programmes of study set out in the New National Curriculum. We adhere to the statutory requirements and ensure progression by following our Calculations Policy which was discussed and agreed by all staff and includes formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as documented in the Mathematics programmes of study.
Contribution to other subjects
Although the mathematics curriculum is organised as a discrete subject, there are many potential cross-curricular activities. Making links between areas of learning deepens children’s understanding by providing opportunities to reinforce and enhance learning.
Learning is enhanced by:
- Giving further opportunities to practise taught skills through purposeful use in other curriculum areas;
- Providing real experiences, context and meaning for the development of core mathematical skills;
- Assisting memory through providing opportunities for children to use skills in a different context;
- Providing opportunities for the application of knowledge in new contexts, to involve children in higher order thinking skills, such as reasoning and problem solving;
- Providing opportunities for learners to recognise and develop key aspects of learning, e.g. looking for patterns and relationships, problem solving and reasoning;
- Building concepts by providing children with opportunities to meet the same or related information in different ways, adding to the richness of their experience.
To find out more about the Mathematics we teach and suggestions of useful websites you can visit , please click on the relevant year group below.