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Maths

The Maths Lead for KS1 is Miss Dobbin and the Maths Lead for KS2 is Mrs Cobley.

The National Curriculum 2014 states that:

“Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.”

 

Following the introduction of the new National Curriculum, the emphasis has been to ensure that all children:

  • Become FLUENT
  • Can REASON and EXPLAIN mathematically
  • Can SOLVE PROBLEMS

This means that children need to be regularly exposed to opportunities involving increasingly complex problem solving which allows them to apply their maths knowledge. In doing so, they should be encouraged to develop an argument and line of enquiry which they can prove and justify using mathematical vocabulary. This includes the ability to break down problems into a series of steps.

 

Our Guiding Principles

  • understanding maths is a key life skill
  • maths should be accessible to all children
  • maths should invoke a feeling of enjoyment and challenge

 

Aims

Our aim is to teach maths in a way that:

  • delivers maths in line with new National Curriculum guidelines
  • promotes the concept that acquiring mathematical knowledge and skills provides the foundation for understanding the world
  • develops mental strategies
  • encourages children to use mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain
  • ensures that children are secure in their understanding of number and number relationships
  • enables children to learn mathematical concepts in a lively, exciting and stimulating environment
  • links mathematics to other areas of the curriculum

 

Approach

A calculation policy was developed alongside colleagues from Wingfield Learning Community Partnership. This policy was revised in line with the 2014 National Curriculum requirements. The new Programmes of Study form the basis of the policy.

Methods of calculation have been exemplified with working examples, supported by pictorial representations.

 

Mastery

We are working closely with the South Yorkshire Maths Hub to develop a ‘mastery’ approach to the teaching of mathematics based on the methods used in far eastern countries such as China and Singapore.

This is part of a national long term programme designed to enable all children to be able to understand mathematical concepts and approach maths with confidence.

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