Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, reason, solve problems and think in abstract ways. It is our aim at Peter Gladwin Primary School to encourage children to:
- Develop their knowledge, skills and understanding
- Show curiosity, to question and probe persistently for meaning
- Recognise patterns in their work and to make generalisations based on what has been learnt earlier
- Work with confidence and enjoyment, experiencing success in maths work
- Communicate what they have learnt with clarity, confidence and accuracy of meaning using a growing and appropriate mathematical vocabulary
- Develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of their own learning, including prior learning and next steps
- Apply what they have learned to unfamiliar situations
- Develop an interest in investigation
- Realise that mathematical problems do not always have an answer, or even a best answer
- Develop responsibility and initiative
In the Foundation Stage, children are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern and shape and space through a combination of daily short, formal teaching as well as a range of planned structured play situations, where there is plenty of scope for exploration. Mathematical activities take place in a variety of situations, in both the indoor and outdoor environment, and resources are readily available to encourage independent, child-initiated learning opportunities and problem solving.
Key Stages 1 & 2
In KS1 and KS2 teaching can be individual, small group or whole class depending on the area of study. Good Mathematics teaching is lively, engaging and involves a carefully planned blend of approaches that direct children’s learning. Children are challenged to think and encouraged to discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wide range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts.