A high quality mathematics education provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. It is a process and creative activity, which encourages the use of imagination, initiative and flexibility of mind.
Our aims in the teaching of mathematics are that all children will:-
become fluent in the fundamentals of the subject and will develop confidence in their mathematical abilities, that is, all pupils should be extended, but no pupils should be so extended that they largely experience failure. Mathematics must be an experience from which pupils derive pleasure and enjoyment;
achieve a high standard in numeracy and develop the ability to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry;
formulate an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language;
apply these skills with confidence and understanding when solving problems rooted in 'real life' situations that are personal to them.
In F.S. Mathematics is taught following the EYFS Development matters.
Children experience whole class, small group and individual teaching. They learn through play and practical activities both indoors and outdoors!
In Year 1 children continue to follow The EYFS Development Matters until Christmas then those who are ready follow the new National Curriculum introduced in 2014.
In Year 2 Mathematics is taught in groups which are “set” according to their ability. This way the children’s needs are addressed and a there is a focus on their specific learning objectives.
Year 2 follow the Primary National Strategy 2014 -15 cohort. The children in Year 2 are assessed on this curriculum throughout and at the end of the school year.
Pupils who are in need of additional support are identified each year.
A KS1 intervention is led by one of the numeracy subject leaders.
Year 2 provide booster sessions from September to April / May. These are carried out during the school day.
Year 3, 4 and 5 are taught in class in ability groups following the new 2014 Mathematics Curriculum.
In Years 3, 4 and 5 there is additional group support provided by teachers, children also access the RMEasiemaths programme.
Year 4 have trialled a daily maths meeting and it is planned to extend this to other year groups. This includes mental and written work and centres on calculation and problem solving.
In Year 6 children are taught in three ability sets and progress is monitored over the year. They follow the Primary Strategy 2014-15 cohort for maths. Additional support is provided and booster sessions (10 week duration) commence in November and run through to May.
Additional 1 to 1 support is also offered to children where possible.
As Year 2 and Year 6 continue to follow the old curriculum for one more year the end of KS SATs Tests will reflect this for his year only.
Due to Mathematics Curriculum changes from September 2014 teachers have identified differences between the new and old curriculums to ensure no skills are missed.