Rationale for the teaching of Maths
Mathematics is essential for everyday life and understanding our world. It enables the development of pupils’ ability to solve puzzles and real life problems. Pupils learn to think creatively and make links between mathematical concepts through exploring patterns in the number system, shape, measures and statistics. They develop the skills, knowledge and efficient methods of calculation necessary to support their economic future and problem solving in life.
How we teach and learn Maths at St Anne’s
At St. Anne’s we ensure challenge for all children through our 'Try it, Use it, Prove it' activities. ‘Try it’ tasks aim to improve the children's understanding of the skill, r ' ' tasks and challenge the children to draw on the skills they have achieved in the 'Try it' tasks. ' ' tasks require the children
Planning, where possible, should involve real life contexts for Maths, where children are reasoning and problem solving with a purpose in mind. Class teachers will regularly plan for opportunities for children to apply their Maths skills to different problems within Maths lessons and across the curriculum. This will also allow children to revisit, practise and consolidate different Maths skills and apply them in different contexts.
At St. Anne’s we expect children to clearly articulate their ideas and thoughts and reasoning processes, enabling deeper learning. We expect children to make some mistakes, analyse them and learn from them, justifying and explaining as they do this.
The Curriculum for Maths reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development of the subject. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their mathematical vocabulary and presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof.
How we celebrate our Maths learning
Teachers monitor and assess children throughout the lesson using hinge questioning, and through marking their work, identifying any misconceptions which need to be addressed. Entry and Exit tasks provide an effective form of assessment and shows the progression made by each pupil. Teachers use these assessments alongside teacher judgement within a unit to inform planning, assessment and address gaps in knowledge.
At St. Anne’s we celebrate fantastic Maths learning by awarding a ‘mathematician of the week’ certificate during our assemblies. This is a chance to praise members of each class and reflect on learning throughout the week. Excellent examples of Maths work are also shared and displayed in the Marvellous Maths Display for children, parents and visitors to see in school.
The study of Maths enables children to make sense of the world around them and we strive to enable each of our children to explore the connections between their Mathematical skills and every-day life. Children are provided with opportunities to use their Mathematical skills in real life contexts, applying and exploring the skills required in solving various problems.
Problem solving skills and teamwork are fundamental to mathematics through creative thinking, discussion, explaining and presenting ideas. Children are always encouraged to explain concepts to each other and support each other in their learning. In this manner, children realise their own strengths and feel a sense of achievement which often boosts confidence.