“Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of historys 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 2014
In our approach to Mathematics and Numeracy at Grangetown Primary School, we aim to empower every child to develop proficiency, confidence and competence when dealing with number, calculations, measure, shape and data.
In combining the requirements of the National Curriculum along with the New Primary Curriculum and the specific needs of our own school we aim to provide each pupil with:
- An understanding of the number system
- A full range of computational, shape analysis and measuring skills
- The ability to solve number problems, in a variety of real life contexts
- A practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered, presented and interpreted
Considerable importance is attached to the children achieving and understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills. A favourable attitude is encouraged by presenting it in an interesting and enjoyable way, allowing the children to actively participate in the learning process, thus creating a sense of achievement and confidence.
There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in real life situations. All children from the age of six (year two) are expected to take part in an additional daily mental maths lesson. These are delivered within the childrens own class for 20 minutes every day. Children independently work from the Schofield and Simms mental maths scheme during the week. At the end of each week children are streamed according to ability; they then mark and address any mis-conceptions that have occurred during the week.