Mathematics is dynamic and creative subject that is essential to everyday life, science, technology and most forms of employment.
A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world. Mathematic Programme of Study 2013 (D of E)
Mathematics has a unique place in the school curriculum. It provides children with a means of communication through prediction, representation of ideas and explanation of results. They learn to count, measure, reason, order and classify. They experience enjoyment in investigating patterns in number and shape and in pursuing the solutions in closed and open-ended tasks. Children, through Mathematics, learn to solve problems which touch on all areas of life. The skills that are taught are not seen as an end in themselves but as an effective tool that will enable them as adults to become independent citizens; and is part of their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education. Mathematics contributes to a child’s personal, social and intellectual development.
For our children to:
* To develop a sound understanding of the basic mathematical concepts through practical and investigational work.
* To acquire appropriate and necessary mathematical skills and to apply them confidently and accurately.
* To enjoy mathematics, be successful and to have a positive attitude to the subject.
* To be able to demonstrate their skills and knowledge and talk about their work using appropriate mathematical language.
* To develop thinking skills, be able to reason and to logically apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems.
* To use mathematics as part of their everyday life in school and at home.
To ensure children master a robust understanding and secure foundation in maths we use Primary Assertive Mentoring (PAM) approach. This programme allows teachers to ascertain which areas of maths children are confident in and their gaps in learning, so that all pupils become confident mathematicians. We believe:
* Children need to have an appreciation of our number system and strong grasp of place value.
* Children need a really good bank of number facts.
* Children need an exposure to consistent and developmental models and images.
* Children need a comprehension of the key mathematical functions based on doubling and halving.
In addition, we use Numicon to support and enhance our provision so that children have a wide range of opportunities for investigating, problem solving and reasoning. These curriculum materials help teachers recognise possible misconceptions and provide resources and ideas to help children achieve mastery in the different aspects of mathematics.
The use of Education City is another way we combine ICT and Mathematical learning.