The teaching of maths is vitally important in school. Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life and many forms of employment. The children will learn a rich network of concepts and relationships that provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. Through mathematics the children will be taught to analyse, sort and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.
We believe therefore that mathematics is a creative discipline, which can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder in all our pupils and it is a core subject which is taught daily to all children throughout the school. It is taught as a discrete subject as well as through cross-curricular topics. We ensure mathematics is accessible to everyone, regardless of cultural or linguistic boundaries, and we hope to ensure that children develop an enthusiastic attitude to mathematics; we can all learn to love it!
Through Power Maths, we aim to:
- develop a confidence in and an enthusiasm for mathematics.
- encourage pupils to challenge themselves.
- develop pupils' mathematical concepts, skills and knowledge
- develop children's confidence and competence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
- emphasise the importance of, and the ability to perform mental calculations
- provide opportunities for pupils to use and apply their numeracy skills in a wide range of situations
- provide opportunities for mathematical thinking and discussion
- develop an understanding of numeracy through a process of enquiry and experiment
During their time at this school children will be encouraged to see mathematics as both a written and spoken language. They should be able to imagine, discuss and verbalise their thoughts about it. Stimulating, enjoyable games and activities are used to enhance the learning experience. We hope that children will see the pattern, creativity and wonder of mathematics.
In daily lessons, teachers will support and guide children through the following important stages:
- Counting and using this skills to deepen mental mathematics and reasoning
- Developing the use of pictures and a mixture of words and symbols to represent numerical activities
- Using standard symbols and conventions
- Use of jottings, pictures and diagrams to aid a mental strategy (bar models, images etc)
- Use of written pencil and paper procedures (formal written methods)
- Where possible, children will be given opportunities to apply their skills in real life situations and in other subject areas across the curriculum. They will learn to work systematically and apply this in problem solving activities. Students study a broad range of topics within mathematics: - Number, Fractions, Decimals & Percentages, Algebra, Shape, Space and Measure, Handling Data and Probability. They are taught direct skills but also encouraged to develop their problem solving skills both independently and within groups.
Mathematics is taught in a variety of ways but at its heart is a desire to make it exciting, accessible and challenging so that all students are able to achieve their full potential. Above all, we want to see children achieve, develop their understanding of key concepts and have fun with maths!
We are committed to ensuring that all children know their times tables and ask parents to help us with this. We encourage the children to use Times Tables Rockstars to further consolidate their counting skills, which we practise in daily lessons, and this helps with their speed drastically!
For additional help and information about our curriculum, please see the documents below.
St John the Baptist - Whole School Mathematics - Yearly overview