Maths is used every day whether we realise it or not! For example, we check our change when out shopping, estimate the cost of a new carpet or decide what time we need to leave the house to get to the train station.
We aim to provide our children with a wide mathematical education taught in an enjoyable, relevant and creative way. We use ‘real life’ experiences so children begin to understand the importance of applying maths skills in order to solve problems and engage them for future learning. Maths is taught daily and children move through the Key Stages building on existing skills and developing their knowledge and understanding. Pupils explore all four number operations and are encouraged to try different strategies that best suit their learning. Pupils explore shape and space and develop their measuring skills in a range of contexts. They are given lots of opportunities to discuss their methods and encouraged to use the appropriate mathematical vocabulary.
We want our children to know and understand mathematical concepts, skills, facts, relationships and strategies and be able to apply and communicate these in a confident way.
In the Foundation Stage, teaching follows the Early Learning Goals of the Foundation Curriculum. In KS1 and KS2, mathematics is taught every day and we teach basic numeracy skills alongside problem-solving. Teachers use practical equipment, visual images, computer programmes and drawings as much as possible to enable children to visualise the maths they are doing. We teach a wide variety of mental and written strategies, eventually encouraging children to independently determine the best strategy to solve problems. Children use mathematics in a range of other lessons and are encouraged to use their growing knowledge at all times.