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Mathematics

Mathematics

 

It is our belief that pupils develop best as mathematicians in a structured environment which places learning in a practical and meaningful context. A high emphasis is placed not only on the understanding of skills and concepts but also the ability to use and apply maths to solve ‘real life’ problems.

The school uses the National Curriculum and has created 'Age-Related Expectation' documents to help inform teacher's planning, teaching and assessment of the children. These documents also link to our assessment strategy - 'CSPA Steps to Success'. In lessons, teachers incorporate a variety of interactive and text based resources. The approach to teaching mathematics is based on four key principles:

 

  • Dedicated mathematics lessons with direct teaching alongside interactive oral work within the whole class and with groups and individuals;
  • An emphasis on number skills and arithmetic as well as applying those skills in problem solving contexts;
  • Differentiation within the year groups and classes, to ensure that the needs of individuals are met.
  • Application of maths skills within other subjects.

 

The National Curriculum for Mathematics sits under the following areas:

  • Number (including the four operations; place value; fractions, decimals and percentages)
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Statistics


Children are placed into three groups according to their individual needs, with regular reviews as progress is made.

Our aim is for all pupils to develop an in-depth understanding and affinity for this subject and in so doing further their potential as inventive and logical thinkers. In this way, mathematical confidence is encouraged to develop in all pupils.

 

“standards in English, mathematics and science are consistently high.”
Ofsted 2009

 

“In English and mathematics, pupils
are organised in small groups. This enables teachers to work closely with individuals and match the tasks set
to different pupils’ needs.”
Ofsted 2009

 

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