Maths at Streetsbrook
‘Mathematics is a creative and highly inter–connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solutions 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.’
National Curriculum 2014
Through our structured and well-planned Mathematics curriculum, children are supported to:
- gain a sound understanding of the number system
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
- reason mathematically and be able to communicate their thinking using accurate mathematical vocabulary
- solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge
- make rich connections across mathematical ideas, including applying their mathematical knowledge in other curriculum areas
- develop and apply a growth mindset in relation to their mathematical learning
- enjoy mathematics
Through play-based and more formal guided activities children will encounter the six main areas of early mathematical learning enabling them to build solid mathematical foundations.
- Cardinality and Counting
- Comparison of numbers
- Number composition (understanding that a number can be made up of other smaller numbers)
- Shape and Space
Children will be challenged to solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge and will be supported to develop their ability to reason mathematically and to communicate their thinking using accurate mathematical vocabulary.
Throughout the school, concrete manipulatives are used to support all children in understanding abstract mathematical ideas and processes, and to provide a common language with which children can communicate mathematical thinking to teachers and others. Our expectation is that most children will move through the programme of study, for their year group, at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of a child’s understanding. Children who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through rich and sophisticated problem-solving opportunities where they are required to communicate their understanding and/or represent and apply their understanding in a variety of ways.
At Streetsbrook we aim to make mathematical learning practical, relevant and fun and to ensure children acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to be successful mathematicians now and into their future.
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