Mathematics

Useful maths links

Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.

Our aims in teaching mathematics are that all children will:

  • Enjoy the subject and study it with confidence and a sense of achievement;
  • Understand the relevance of the subject in today’s world;
  • Reach their potential in numeracy and a range of other mathematical skills;
  • Apply these skills with confidence and understanding when solving problems; 
  • Develop thinking skills by communicating mathematical ideas to a partner or group;
  • Receive opportunities to work systematically, creatively, independently and in depth; and
  • Be thoroughly prepared for the continued study ofthe subject at their senior school.

Teaching and Learning Styles: 

The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. We do this through a daily lesson that has a high proportion of whole-class and group teaching, where possible, making links across the curriculum. During these lessons we encourage the pupils to question as well as solve mathematical problems. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources ranging from practical apparatus and ICT to support their work and enhance their learning. Our resources for mathematics are up to date, appealing and are used throughout the key stages. Some examples include, Numicon, bead strings, place value cards, number fans and subscription to a wide range of online resources. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations; such as role play, shops & cafes, spreadsheets for party planning and weighing, measuring and cooking.

In all classes there are children of differing mathematical attainment levels. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies – in some lessons through differentiated group work and in other lessons by organising the children to work in pairs on open-ended problems or games or with appropriate adult support.

We are passionate and committed to ensuring that all children engage in and enjoy the subject of mathematics. Lessons are inspirational and relevant, enabling children to succeed in making and using those vital links between mathematics and everyday life.