Mathematics is part of daily life and is treated this way in the curriculum here at Ormsgill. We aim to impress upon the children that their basic number and maths skills are necessary in everyday situations.
Mathematics helps us understand the world and we aim to give the children the skills they need using a variety of approaches, so every child is learning the way they need to be taught. We teach Maths daily to secure a range of mathematical skills so the children can apply these to the real world.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
In addition to this, at Ormsgill we:
- follow clear teaching sequences that see basic essential skills being revisited often so children secure and then deepen their learning to a level they have the potential to achieve.
- understand that mathematics is an essential part of a wide range of learning and so we give opportunities for the children to broaden their maths skills across the curriculum.
- know that some children will encounter barriers to their learning and aim to step in as quickly as possible with extra support. To help children close any gaps in a supportive way to encourage their confidence as well as their skills.
- encourage children to learn number bonds and times tables and become confident in developing their own mental mathematics strategies
- encourage all children to have an eager and positive attitude towards mathematics and to develop their curiosity