Mathematics provides pupils with a powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life, so we aim to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives.
At St Oswald’s we use the new National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) as the basis of our mathematics programme. We are committed to ensuring that pupils achieve their full potential, we strive to guide them to mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group. We work hard to uncover any gaps in understanding which could become barriers to learning, as they move through education. All pupils will be appropriately challenged linked to each new mathematical concept they learn.
We strive to develop mathematical thinking through the development of reasoning, use of mathematical language, representations, explanations and problem solving. We aim to provide the pupils with a mathematics curriculum and high quality teaching to produce individuals who are numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. We also aim to provide a stimulating environment and adequate resources so that pupils can develop their mathematical skills to the full.
In KS2 we use the Success@Arithmetic programme with small groups of children to boost children’s understanding and progress.
Our pupils should:
- Have a well-developed sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system.
- Know by heart age appropriate number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves.
- Use known strategies to answer questions mentally.
- Use a range of written strategies to answer questions linked to the four operations
- Make sense of number problems and reasoning questions, identifying the operations needed to solve them.
- Explain their methods and reasoning, using correct mathematical terms.
- Judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary.
- Suggest suitable units for measuring and make sensible estimates of measurements.
- Explain and make predictions using graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
- Develop spatial awareness and an understanding of the properties of 2d and 3d shapes.
- Year-6—OverviewAll children have access to My Maths website to help develop their mathematical skills and knowledge linked to their lessons each week. All children from Year 2 to Year 6 have access to Times Table Rock Stars and should be using this at home to develop rapid recall of multiplication tables. Children should know all tables to 12x12 (including division) by the end of Year 4. If parents have misplaced their child’s login details please get in touch with Mrs McAtominey in the school office.