Mathematics

“High Standards – especially in maths – are the backbone of success in learning and in life.” – Excellence and Enjoyment

At Knowles Primary School we aspire for maths to be exciting, enjoyable and stimulating. We will provide high quality teaching which is engaging, practical, interactive, aspirational and securely built on children’s prior learning, both in and outside the classroom. We aim for all our children to succeed in maths and develop the necessary skills and strategies to equip them for future life. Maths supports and develops children’s thinking, reasoning and their ability to solve-problems. The ability to analyse information and solve problems are key skills in which maths has a significant part to play. This will enable children to use and apply mathematics in real contexts, thus ensuring their future economic wellbeing.

In both KS1 and KS2 children are taught number, calculation, measures geometry, statistic and problem solvings. From Years 1 – 6 each teacher will provide a daily mathematics lesson, as well as maths through other subjects.

In Year 1 children are taught in mixed ability classes and work is differentiated according to specific or individual need. In Year 2 and Key Stage 2 children are taught in ability sets and again work is differentiated according to specific or individual need.

In the Foundation Stage Maths encompasses number and counting, calculating, shape, space (including position and direction), measure and problem solving. Mathematical understanding should be developed through practical activities, stories, songs, games and imaginative play.

We have high expectations of our children and staff and our vision for maths is very much in keeping with our school vision – “Living our Learning’.

Teachers will make use of a wide range of relevant resources to enhance children’s learning. ICT will be used in various ways to support teaching and learning and all classrooms have interactive whiteboards

Homework is given in line with school guidelines. Key skills will be extended through number tasks and opportunities will be sought to draw mathematic experiences out of a wide range of activities.