At Thorpe Primary School our vision for Maths is to develop children’s skills within the subject, in order to effectively apply mathematics across the curriculum and in everyday life. We want children to learn how to problem solve and develop their reasoning skills.
Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern both in number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by people to the development and application of mathematics. At Thorpe Primary, we seek to embed the enjoyment and challenge of mathematics in our children’s learning. The teaching of mathematics supports social development through collaborative learning.
Our aims for teaching mathematics are:
- To develop lively enquiring minds and the ability to ask and answer questions by promoting enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
- To develop logical thinking and reasoning skills through a natural curiosity and investigative approaches. We create regular opportunities for children to use and apply their skills through problem solving and investigations.
- To help pupils understand the world they live in, and their part in it by encouraging them to apply their mathematical skills to everyday situations. Our creative curriculum allows our children to make real-life links across many areas of the curriculum.
- To ensure AfL (Assessment for Learning) strategies are embedded in all aspects of learning and teaching. The teacher will challenge children through high expectations and will equip children with skills needed to rise to challenges. The teacher will ensure there is provision for support and extension of learning for every child.
We ensure that all children are able to access lessons in Maths through careful planning, differentiation and support. We use assessments to check progress and identify children who are performing well and require further challenge and guided group intervention for children who are not meeting curriculum objectives. We use the White rose Maths hub, alongside the National Curriculum to support our mastery approach of fluency, reasoning and problem solving.