Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
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.
At East Sheen Primary School we are committed to providing children with mathematical experiences which enable them to become numerate and be able to apply the wide range of mathematical concepts they learn and make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. Children are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
We ensure through our planning and curriculum delivery that learning is both challenging and stimulating for all our pupils and that they leave East Sheen Primary School with a positive attitude to learning mathematics. This subject is taught in ability groups from Y1-Y6 to ensure appropriate differentiation and challenge for all pupils.
Teaching and Learning Style
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our mathematics lessons. We aim to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics through stimulating, interactive lessons. We balance whole-class and group-directed teaching with individual work, paired and group discussions and activities. We encourage children to ask as well as answer mathematical questions, to use and apply their learning in everyday situations and to explain their reasoning and methods using the appropriate mathematical terminology. We enjoy taking mathematics outside the classroom into the playground, the school kitchen and local shops.
We are very fortunate in being able to provide the children with a wide range of practical resources to support their work and mathematical dictionaries are available in all classrooms.
Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard facility and teachers and children use ICT in mathematics lessons where it is valuable in enhancing children’s learning, for example in modelling ideas and methods. Whole classes are able to use ICT in our computer suite and we have a number of laptops and tablets that can be used in classes also.
Within classes we recognise that there are children of differing mathematical ability. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children, through differentiated group work and by carefully matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We use HLTAs (Higher Level Teaching Assistants) and classroom assistants to support both individuals and groups of children and to ensure that work is matched to the needs of individuals.
The Mathematics subject leader provides advice and guidance to year groups in their planning and periodically reviews Mathematics plans.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
Reception year is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum and the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals for number and shape and space underpin the curriculum planning for our mathematics teaching in this year group.
We give all the children ample opportunity to develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space and their problem solving skills, through varied activities that allow them to enjoy, explore, practise and talk confidently about mathematics.