Our curriculum leader for Mathematics is Julie Davison
Details of the mathematics curriculum for each year group for each term can be found on the class webpages
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development through the teaching of mathematics.
Mathematics supports pupils’ spiritual development by helping them to develop deep thinking and questioning the way in which the world works. Through mathematics children gain an appreciation of the richness and power of mathematics in our everyday lives.
Mathematics supports pupils’ moral development through discussion about mathematical understanding and challenging assumptions, supporting children to question information and data that they are presented with. Mathematics helps children to understand and use rigorous and logical argument and discourage jumping to conclusions when trying to determine the truth.
Mathematics support pupils’ social development by promoting self-esteem and building self-confidence. Mathematics encourages collaborative learning in the classroom in the form of listening and learning from each other and paired discussion and working with partners. We help pupils develop their mathematical voice and powers of logic, reasoning and explanation by offering explanations to each other. We provide opportunities, events and team challenges for increased pupil involvement.
Mathematics supports pupils’ cultural development by developing an appreciation with the pupils that mathematics, its language and symbols have developed from many different cultures around the world: e.g. Egyptian, Indian, Islamic, Greek and Russian roots. Through mathematics we investigate and research cross cultural patterns e.g. tessellation, symmetry etc.
Key characteristics of mathematicians
We have identified the following key charateristics which we aim to develop to enable children to become confident and independent mathematicians:
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.
Our approach to teaching mathematics
Mathematics is taught every day (or for at least 5 sessions a week) in Key Stages 1 and 2. Teachers provide opportunities to develop mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding as identified in the key learning objectives in their teaching of mathematics as a separate subject and across the curriculum. It is also taught across the curriculum in other subject areas e.g. Science, Geography, PE etc, enabling children to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills in other contexts.
Across the school there is an emphasis on practical activities, problem solving and children being required to explain and reason.
We use a variety of materials and resources to support our teaching of mathematics across the school including materials from National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), White Rose Maths and NRich Enriching Mathematics. These resources place a firm emphasis on development of mathetical thinking, the ability to apply knowledge and skills with understanding and the development of reasoning skills. We also use a range of teaching materials which enable active mathematics where children are up and out of their seats within an approach which enables movement and mathematics.
Opportunities for mathematics
In order to ensure that our children are provided with a range of opportunities to enable them to become independent and confident mathematicians we provide:
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Key learning objectives for mathematics
We have identified 9 key learning objectives for mathematics:
To know and use numbers
To use fractions
To use measures
To add and subtract
To understand the properties of shapes
To use statistics
To multiply and divide
To describe position, direction and movement
To use algebra
Click here for National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Maths