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Mathematics stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about the world in which they live. Mathematics is essential for everyday life and for understanding our world. It is also essential to science, technology and engineering, and the advances in these fields on which our economic future depends. Through practical experiences and ideas Maths enables children to develop their knowledge and understanding of their world and events that take place within it.  Children need opportunities to meet mathematical challenges in different settings in order to develop the skills they need to tackle every day mathematical problems and challenges and in order to apply their knowledge to a multitude of situations. It is therefore fundamentally important to ensure that all pupils have the best possible mathematics education they need to understand the mathematics they learn so that they can be creative in solving problems, as well as being confident and fluent in developing and using the mathematical skills.


In our school we aim to:
  • Develop children’s enjoyment of Maths
  • Develop children’s natural sense of curiosity and investigative approach about the world in which they live
  • Enable children to look at the world as a mathematician
  • To promote confidence and competence so that children are ‘proud to shine’ about their achievements
  • Appreciate the use and relevance of mathematics in everyday situations
  • Promote and encourage the children to communicate mathematically
  • Support children in developing a systematic and logical way of investigating, collecting data and communicating findings, which they can apply to their everyday lives
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of mathematical ideas, processes & skills and to relate these to everyday experiences
  •  Provide opportunities for children to use ICT effectively in Maths
 
The National Curriculum describes the mathematics which must be taught in each year group. This ensures continuity and progression in the teaching of mathematics.
 
In fulfilling the National Curriculum we have key skills that we strive for the children to achieve.
(Please click this link to see the Mathematics Curriculum)

The key skills are for the children to:
  • Have a secure sense of number and feel confident when working with number
  • Know key number facts and use and apply these independently
  • Use what they know by heart to figure out numbers mentally
  •  Calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and on paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies. (Please see the document below)
  • Recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator and be able to do so efficiently
  • Make sense of ‘real life’ maths problems and recognise the operations needed to solve them
  • Explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical vocabulary
  • Judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary
  • Know units for measuring and make sensible estimations of measures
  • Explain and make predictions from numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables
  • Develop spatial awareness and an understanding of the properties of 2D and 3D shapes
  • Understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life
 
Mathematics is all around us! There are a number of things you can do to support the children with their mathematical learning at home. Please click the links below to take you to some ideas and websites.
 
 
 
 
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