Mathematics is also a core subject in the National Curriculum as well as a key life skill. Our mathematics teaching is based on providing practical experiences to enable the child to develop logical thinking and a sound understanding of all aspects of mathematics.
All classes have a designated mathematics lesson each day which follows the New Numeracy Framework in Key Stages 1 and 2. This provides detailed guidance for the organisation and management of mathematics throughout the whole school to ensure continuity and progression in the teaching of the subject. The Nursery and Reception classes follow the Foundation Stage Guidance for PSRN (Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy).
In order to specifically target their needs, children in Key Stage 2 are grouped according to ability for mathematics lessons. These groups are formed by combining children from Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6, based on a combination of both formal and teacher assessments. However, all children are constantly monitored in order to ensure they are working within the group that best matches their mathematical needs and learning styles. The school’s decision to set by ability for mathematics is recognised by Ofsted: ‘The setting of pupils across Key Stage 2 for mathematics has enabled work to be much more closely matched to the needs of individuals.’ (Ofsted, Nov. 2011)
Children are encouraged to develop a range of mental skills for dealing with number and solving problems. Written approaches to mathematics are developed from practical work and mental strategies. Regular lessons also encourage the children to apply their knowledge and skills to investigations and problem solving situations.
Inspire Maths Evening