We believe that maths should be a great pleasure.
We encourage children to have practical experience of new concepts and skills in mathematics with an emphasis on the teaching and learning of key strategies in basic numeracy, shape and space and calculation.
Our Mathematics curriculum is aimed at acquiring and understanding numeracy skills and applying these in measurement, space, shape and problem-solving investigations. We identify connections between number, such as the relationship between doubles and halves, to assist efficient calculations. We offer a balance of explicit teaching, jointly constructed understandings and independent learning. Children make decisions about choosing the correct strategy to use and critically evaluating its use. We give our children opportunities to explain their mathematical thinking, then build on their understanding to progress from concrete materials to pictorial and numerical representations.
Years 3 & 4
The children carry out a range of work and activities to develop their mathematical thinking. Place value, number bonds, fractions, decimal fractions, multiplication tables, time, money, problem solving, geometry and algebra investigations are all carried out.
Some children will have learnt all the multiplication tables by the end of year three and these children will continue to be challenged by extending their skills.
Others will need more practice and will be helped to consolidate their skills by using a variety of strategies.
As children become more competent with basic number skills we aim to stretch their problem solving skills. Furthermore, we aim to make our maths as practical and concrete as possible, by relating it to our immediate surroundings and the children's experiences when appropriate.
Years 5 & 6
We believe that maths should be a great pleasure, an opportunity for children to learn about problem solving, representing and modelling ideas, exploring puzzles, discussing and sharing strategies and developing their thinking skills.
It is important that the children in Years 5 and 6 are confident mathematicians, who know a range of strategies to tackle mathematical problems. We endeavour to hold daily mathematics lessons, in which the children are taught new strategies and concepts, given the opportunity to memorise these, before exploring and developing ideas further.