Aims and Objectives
Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.
“To be numerate means that you are able to make use of mathematical skills to cope with the practical
demands of every day life"
Cockcroft Report 1992
The aims of mathematics are:
- To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion
- To promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system
- To develop the ability to solve problems through decision making and reasoning in a range of contexts
- To develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented
- To explore features of shape and space and to develop measuring skills in a range of contexts
- To understand the importance of mathematics in every day life
- To be aware of the relationships in mathematics and its fascination
Organisation of Teaching and Learning
The basic core of our mathematics teaching is taken from the Primary Strategy and Foundation Stage Guidelines.
Foundation / Key Stage 1
We believe that in Foundation and Key Stage 1 there should be a strong emphasis on oral work, developing mathematical language, selecting and using materials and developing reasoning should be set in the contexts of other areas of mathematics. Sorting, classifying, making comparisons and searching for patterns should apply to work on number, shape and space and data handling. The use of number should permeate work on measures and data handling.
Key Stage 2
At Key Stage 2 developing mathematical language, reasoning and skills in applying mathematics should apply to all areas of the subject. Measurement should also be associated with handling data, and shape and space. Opportunities for using calculating skills must be developed in number through work on measures and data handling. Ideas of patterns and relationships should be developed in all areas of mathematics. Again the emphasis will be on oral work and developing mental mathematics.
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. The daily maths lesson should include whole class, group, paired and individual work. Children have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as number lines, number squares, digit cards, bead strings and small apparatus. Children use ICT in mathematic lessons to support learning. Programmes include Education City, Maths Base and ITPs. Numicon is also used in both Key Stages to support children in and with number recognition.