Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.
Mathematics is taught every day and we use a variety of teaching and learning styles at Thomas Whitehead. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. During our daily lessons we encourage children to ask as well as answer mathematical questions. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources, such as number lines, number squares, digit cards and small apparatus to support their work. IT is used in mathematics lessons for modelling ideas and methods. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to apply their learning to everyday situations. Lessons begin with mental and oral maths work before the main teaching activity extends the children’s knowledge and understanding of mathematical skills and concepts. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies – in some lessons through differentiated group work and in other lessons by organisation of children to work in pairs on open-ended problems or games. We use teaching assistants to support some children, and to ensure that work is matched to the needs of individuals. All KS2 children are expected to learn and practise their multiplication tables and these are tested regularly. The children also have small guided maths sessions each week to reinforce previously taught content.
When leaving Thomas Whitehead, children will have been given the opportunity to have
- Quick recall of facts and procedures
- The flexibility and fluidity to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics.
- The ability to recognise relationships and make connections in mathematics
A mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when a child can show it in multiple ways, using the mathematical language to explain their ideas, and can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations.
These will be assessed through: assessment, tracking, pupil progress meetings, performance management, moderation and standardisation.