‘Red Lane Primary School aims to deliver high quality standards in the development, teaching and children’s learning and understanding of the Mathematics curriculum from Foundation Stage to the end of Key Stage 2. We believe that all children require a solid understanding of place value and the number system, which, together with the knowledge and recall of number facts and mental strategies, act as the foundation for mathematical development. Calculation development is vital to our teaching and learning strategy, being viewed as the tools for our children’s future successes in applied application.’
AIMS OF MATHEMATICS TEACHING:
- Develop an understanding of Number form a multi sensory approach through Numicon, Numberfun, Interactive Games, Ipads, B-Bots, counters, Base ten, Cuisenaire and all the other available resources.
- Foster positive, ‘I can’ attitudes within all children of all ages, ensuring that mathematics is an experience from which children derive not only knowledge and understanding, but importantly, have enjoyment and satisfaction of achievement.
- Develop a culture of co-operative peer learning, where children feel free to express opinions, share ideas with others, together with providing assistance to others when and where required.
- Encourage children to have the confidence to act independently, explaining and describing mathematical strategies and techniques being employed.
- Enable all children of all stages of their education to reach their full potential and achieve the highest possible personal standards of mathematical development.
- Develop inquisitive learners who are equipped with the core skills of mathematics (place value and calculation), from which applied, real life problems can be investigated, developed and solved (the children have a reason for learning).
- Ensure that children are involved and fully aware of their own personal development needs and targets, including where they currently are and where they need to be.
- To recognise, include and encourage parental support, skills and motivation in the development of their children’s mathematical understanding and learning.
Our children will:
- Have a thorough understanding of place value and the number system including fractions, decimals and percentages.
- Be capable of rapid recall of number facts (multiplication / division and number bonds).
- Calculate accurately, efficiently and effectively using appropriate mental and written methods.
- Be able to solve real life, applied problems through decision making in a range of contents, using appropriate techniques, starting points and logical, sequential and systematic methods.
- Use mathematical and scientific measuring equipment appropriately, accurately and effectively.
- Understand and use the units of measurement used in everyday life, being able to accurately and confidently convert between related units.
- Have a broad, refined range of mathematical vocabulary, from calculation, to shape, data and measures.
- Interpret and present applied data (including scientific) in graphs, charts, diagrams and tables.
In KS1 and KS2 children work in class with a teacher differentiating the work to meet the pupils needs and set realistic, challenging goals as set out in the Busy Ants Maths Scheme. A whole school focus on the number system and calculation(following the visual calculation policy), including the basic skills, enables the children to be provided with a strong, stable understanding of mathematical principles from which using and applying can be developed.
We have produced Calculation Booklets to help parents support their children at home. Basic skills provide the foundation in Maths. We have produced a sheet for parents outlining what we assess through our Maths Passport scheme. All this information can be downloaded from here.