Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
- To encourage children to be enthusiastic and confident about maths.
- To enable children to face challenge in their learning.
- To enable children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that pupils develop the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- To enable children to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- To enable children to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
- To develop skills of perseverance, reasoning and independent thinking.
- To enable children to communicate their knowledge to others, verbally and in and in recorded formats.
- To develop the ‘open-ended’ approach to problems, promoting the understanding that there may be more than one way to solve them.
- To relate problem solving skills to real life situations.
- To achieve a broad understanding and appreciation of maths as a creative subject, for its order and pattern and for its application and value to our society.
- To make maths an integral part of school life, encouraging children to use their mathematical knowledge in a variety of situations, for instance during cooking, shopping and role play activities.
- To enable children to develop financial awareness.
Our planning is based on the National Curriculum 2015 for Mathematics and Foundation Stage Guidance, carefully tailored to maximise our resources, expertise and the needs of our children.
Planning for play activities to enrich opportunities for mathematical learning is particularly vital in Early Years.
Cross Curricular Links
Maths is acknowledged as a wide reaching subject and cross curricular links are made wherever possible e.g. through measuring in cooking, measuring lengths in DT, patterns in art, working systematically to solve problems in science.
Teachers evaluate the children’s maths learning against intended learning outcomes of planned activities.
These evaluations are used to inform future planning by identifying children who need reinforcement or extension work, considering appropriate means of delivering such activities.
Teachers mark the children’s work with clear next steps identified and children are encouraged to use these comments to reflect on and appraise their own work and progress. As they move through the school they are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and to contribute to deciding short term goals.
End of Key Stage One assessments in maths are statutory and children undertake national tasks and tests.
There are termly opportunities for parents/carers to discuss their children’s progress with class teachers.