Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to communicate mathematically. In turn, this helps children to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand mathematical relationships and patterns in their everyday lives.
The aims of teaching mathematics are:
- to promote enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
- to promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system;
- to develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts;
- to develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented;
- to explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts;
- to understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
Teaching and learning style
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics. 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. Children 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. Mathematical dictionaries are also available in all classrooms. ICT is used by teachers and pupils in lessons for exploring ideas and methods. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to apply their learning to everyday situations. By encouraging parents and visitors to come into school to talk about the maths they use in their everyday lives, we model the importance of having a good understanding of mathematical principles.