Mathematics

Maths is a vital part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on the importance of helping pupils become numerate and confident in the application of mathematical skills.  Pupils are exposed to mathematical concepts both through the exploration of separate teaching and by applying mathematical knowledge to everyday situations.  Problem-solving and mathematical investigations are key tools in achieving success. 

 

Children are taught efficient methods for mental and written calculations which are practised and applied through a wide range of contexts. These core skills are revisited frequently in order to enable children to become confident in their handling of numbers and allowing them to choose and use appropriate methods for solving problems and mathematical investigations.

 

Mathematics is taught as a separate subject in ability groups from Year 3 to Year 6.  In this way we can provide the best possible targeted support for pupils.  Pupils with development needs are supported in making the best possible progress and more-able pupils can be challenged to extend their learning and develop ‘mastery’.  The allocation of pupils to ability sets is done flexibly and pupils can move between groups if this seems appropriate to offer the best support.

 

Our carefully planned maths journeys follow the National Curriculum. They are personalised to each child and support them in developing the skills and understanding required to achieve their year group expectations. Through daily assessment and observation, we are able to support and accelerate learning for each pupil. Each objective gives opportunities for children to practise, apply and explain their learning to ensure that they are able to utilise their knowledge across a range of contexts. We aim to develop learners who adopt life-long skills central to a knowledge and understanding of mathematics. This individualised approach helps to raise children's self-esteem and allows them to take ownership of their achievements whilst understanding their next steps in their learning.

Further support is given through discrete Basic Skills sessions, where children revisit previous units and spend time learning specific mathematical skills and knowledge to enable them to create links between different areas of the maths curriculum.