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 Our School Vision for Mathematics

 

A high-quality mathematics education 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. (National Curriculum 2014)

 

At St Paul’s all our children are given the opportunity to develop their mathematical potential through a rich, engaging curriculum. We want our children to feel confident in using and applying mathematics in a wide range of situations.

We believe that mathematics is uniquely powerful in helping us to make sense of, and describe our world and in enabling us to solve problems. It is a fascinating subject, dealing with the nature of number, space, pattern and relationships. Useful and creative, it requires not only facts and skills, but also understanding gained through exploration, application and discussion.

In mathematics we aim to develop lively, enquiring minds encouraging pupils to become self motivated, confident and capable in order to solve problems that will become an integral part of their future. We hope that all our children will use a growth mindset to grow and nurture a love of mathematics.

Look at all of the fantastic maths learning we do across school!

Reception : In reception we embed our Maths into role play areas. This enables children to learn their mathematical skills through acting out real life experiences.

Reception : In reception we embed our Maths into role play areas. This enables children to learn  their mathematical skills through acting out real life experiences.  1 Fun in the sand.
Reception : In reception we embed our Maths into role play areas. This enables children to learn  their mathematical skills through acting out real life experiences.  2 Early experience of measuring.
Reception : In reception we embed our Maths into role play areas. This enables children to learn  their mathematical skills through acting out real life experiences.  3 3-D shape building.
Reception : In reception we embed our Maths into role play areas. This enables children to learn  their mathematical skills through acting out real life experiences.  4
Reception : In reception we embed our Maths into role play areas. This enables children to learn  their mathematical skills through acting out real life experiences.  5
Reception : In reception we embed our Maths into role play areas. This enables children to learn  their mathematical skills through acting out real life experiences.  6 Pattern building.
Reception : In reception we embed our Maths into role play areas. This enables children to learn  their mathematical skills through acting out real life experiences.  7 Shape monsters....grrrrr
Reception : In reception we embed our Maths into role play areas. This enables children to learn  their mathematical skills through acting out real life experiences.  8 A number display in the classroom.

We use abacus maths to support the learning and teaching of maths in Reception. Here is a document that provides details of the early approach to number and calculation.

In KS1 maths learning starts to become more formal through our use of 'Rising Stars' Maths. However, we still engage the children in lots of practical maths and make links to other subject areas.

Picture 1 Inspire Maths work books.
Picture 2 Fluency. reasoning and problem solving.
Picture 3 Colourful classroom displays.
Picture 4 Handling data in science.
Picture 5 Measuring hand spans.
Picture 6 Baking buns.
Picture 7 Developing number fluency.
Picture 8 Interpreting 3D models.
Picture 9 Solving a number problem.
Picture 10 Learning about money.

We are currently updating the calculation policy in line with our new scheme for Key stage 1. The Calculation Policy as we began 2015-16 is as follows:

Calculation Policy 2015-16

KS2 ~ in year 3-6 the children are developing independence in their mathematical learning. We have working walls to support their thinking and learning. 

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We often work together as a school with a common focus. This is no different in maths. Recently we focused our learning in maths on money through a school enterprise week which ended in staging a

St Paul's market day. Having a context for our maths and a real practical reason to handle money and spend it, made for good learning and lots of fun! Well done to Reception class for making the greatest profit but huge CONGRATULATIONS to all for the EFFORT and CREATIVITY in your maths work. All profits went to to the school council to decide whether to spend or save it.

If you would like to support your children with their maths learning at home there are some great ideas on the website National Numeracy Parent Toolkit. There are also plenty of websites for children to practice their maths skills. Follow these links.

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