Mathematics is an essential part of a balanced curriculum that is both well matched and challenging to learner’s needs. The national curriculum is clear in its aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so pupils develop understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge.
- Are able to reason mathematically.
- Solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge to a variety of problems.
At Crowland, we carefully craft lessons that embed all of these skills within maths lessons and we they are developed consistently over time throughout the school. We endeavour to ensure that all children develop an enthusiastic and creative attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives.
We firmly believe that all pupils can and will achieve in mathematics. There are no children who are more able or less able but children who currently attaining at a higher standard. Moreover, there is no such thing as a ‘maths person’, that is the belief that some pupils can do maths whilst some cannot. As such our expectation is that the large majority of pupils will progress ‘through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace.’
Reasoning is a part of every lesson, and the use of talk partners, enables the children to verbalise and discuss their understanding. Teachers use careful questions to draw out children’s discussions and their reasoning. Giving an answer is not good enough, children must be able to explain how they got their answer and why it is the correct one in order to show true understanding.
Oxford Owl Maths – Supporting Parents at Home
The materials below and the links within this text are from Oxford Owl Maths and are free for parents to access. These resources are designed to support you with your children’s maths throughout their primary years. You'll find a whole host of activities, simple ideas, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home.
There are lots of ways to help to build your child's confidence in maths. There are many fun games and activities you can do with your child that practise maths skills. Most children love playing games and it's an easy way to support their learning.