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 will work hard to uncover any gaps in understanding which could become barriers to learning, as they move through education. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged with rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
At St Oswald’s, 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.
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 what they know by heart to figure out numbers mentally.
- Calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and in writing and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies.
- Recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator and be able to do so effectively.
- Make sense of number problems, including non-routine/’real’ problems and identify 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 from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
- Develop spatial awareness and an understanding of the properties of 2d and 3d shapes.
All children have access to My Maths website to help develop their mathematical skills and knowledge. If parents have misplaced their child’s login details please get in touch with Mrs McAtominey in the school office.