“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” Albert Einstein
Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and development and in public decision-making.
Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections.
Policy Statement for Mathematics
Read the School's Mathematics Policy here
Each half term the children are given Key Instant Recall Facts (or KIRFS for short) to focus on in class, practice and learn at home too. The aim is for the children to be able to calculate and apply their mathematical learning accurately and efficiently. Its important that they know the facts thoroughly and can recall them instantly.
Teaching for Mastery - Inspire Maths
Since September 2015 the School has used a 'teaching for mastery' approach using a range of resources that focus on Key Fundamentals and the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach.
The aim of this is to make children better mathematicians for life.
The core part of lessons aim to teach and develop Maths skills in interesting and exciting ways. The children not only practise written skills, but are involved in many practical activities and investigations using manipulatives (equipment), which also help develop their skills of problem solving and logical thinking.
Throughout the School in all Maths lessons, there is an emphasis upon using the correct mathematical language. Children are encouraged to be able to talk about the Maths they use and explain their ideas. More and more, they should also be able to raise questions about what they see or do and use this language to also prove or make a mathematical justification.
Oxford Owl Maths - help for parents supporting their children with mathematics
The materials below and the links within this text are from Oxford Owl Maths and are free for parents to access. These resources are designed to support you with your children’s maths throughout their primary years. You'll find a whole host of activities, simple ideas, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home.
There are lots of ways to help to build your child's confidence in maths. There are many fun games and activities you can do with your child that practise maths skills. Most children love playing games and it's an easy way to support their learning.
Oxford Owl guidance for parents with Maths in school
White Rose MathsAnother excelllent resource we use is White Rose Maths, it uses the same principles and approach as Inspire Maths. It helps us plan for mixed age groups.