We aim to help the children to develop the ability to think mathematically and to apply what they have learnt to real life situations and problems. We want them to be able to use and apply a range of skills, such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, with confidence and success.
In order to achieve this, our lessons encourage the children to ask questions, solve problems, carry out investigations and to talk about what they have done and how they have done it. The children are given experience in looking for patterns and relationships in areas such as calculating and understanding number, knowing and using number facts, shape and space and data handling.
We believe in developing children’s mental strategies before progressing onto more formal written methods. There are opportunities to communicate ideas both orally and in writing using appropriate and correct mathematical vocabulary. All children in Year 2 and above use Mathletics which is a web-based Maths programme which can be accessed at home or school.
In addition, extended numeracy sessions are designed to be fun and to allow the children to have hands on approach to testing previous skills. Here they have opportunities to develop thinking skills whilst working collaboratively.
Our aim is for the children to leave us numerate, with an enjoyment of Maths and the ability to think for themselves enabling them to make good use of their mathematical skills in other areas of the curriculum, and life outside of school.