Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum. It is a creative discipline and can inspire 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. Mathematics is a fundamental part of everyday life. It is essential in everything we construct, everything we calculate and almost every problem we have to solve. Mathematics helps children to develop the skills of reasoning, problem solving and the ability to think in abstract ways; these skills in turn enable children to understand the world they live in.
At Welton St Mary’s C of E Primary Academy we aim:
- To develop a positive attitude towards mathematics and a confidence in mathematical situations.
- To develop an ability to think clearly and logically.
- To foster attitudes of curiosity, perseverance and accuracy and to engender a fascination, wonder and enjoyment for maths.
- To ensure all children are secure in the basics of mental calculation, such as number bonds and multiplication tables.
- To make mathematics relevant and meaningful by exploiting cross-curricular and contextual links.
- To make sure children understand mathematical concepts relationally. We want children to view mathematics as a web of interconnecting concepts as opposed to an arbitrary list of disparate ideas.
- To give children the space to investigate, explore patterns, to make and test generalisations and to represent their mathematical imaginings in different ways.
- To develop understanding through mathematical talk and an insistence on accuracy in vocabulary. Moreover, we aim to allow children to make conjectures and convince others of their findings in a non-judgemental environment.
The New Curriculum has identified 3 priority areas.
Reasoning & Problem solving
Children will be expected to reason and solve problems as part of their daily mathematics lessons. Mathematical equipment will be easily accessible for the children and pupils are encouraged to use concrete objects to scaffold their learning in all year groups.
Teaching should foster conceptual understanding, reasoning and the effective use of representations. This will enable children to develop fluency so they can carry out mental calculations and written procedures with efficiency, flexibility, and accuracy.
Use and application across the curriculum
Greater emphasis will be placed on exploiting cross-curricular links.
Teachers plan lessons which include these 3 key areas. To ensure continual progress, teachers use their professional judgement and on-going assessment to shape learning both at the planning stage and in the delivery of the lesson. Short term planning follows a set format, which teachers tailor as appropriate for their class. Guided groups led by the teacher or teaching assistant are a part of the daily maths lesson and are used to provide targeted support and planning. In addition to the daily mathematics lesson, cross curricular maths and our Inspire lesson, which is based on the principles of Singapore maths, a further 10-15 minutes of mental mathematics activities are incorporated into the daily timetable.