At Wilbraham Primary, we believe that maths is a tool for everyday living. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships that provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. It also provides materials and means for creating a new imaginative world to explore.
Our approach to the teaching of maths within our school is based on four key principles:
- A maths lesson every day.
- A clear focus on direct, instructional teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and group.
- An emphasis on mental calculations, number, times tables and number facts/compliments.
- An opportunity for investigation.
Maths is taught daily in all our classes and it is our aim to develop with our children:
- a positive attitude towards maths and an awareness of the fascination of maths.
- competence and confidence in maths knowledge, concepts and skills.
- an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and work systematically and accurately.
- curiosity, initiative, and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.
- an ability to share their findings and communicate it to others.
- a willingness and ability to use and apply maths across the curriculum and in real life.
- an understanding of maths through a process of enquiry and experiment.
The Maths Curriculum
- We carefully plan and prepare our maths to make sure that all children are given opportunities for:
- practical activities and maths games.
- problem solving.
- individual, group and whole class discussion and activities.
- open and closed tasks.
- a range of methods of calculating e.g. mental, pencil and paper, in addition to using a calculator.
- working with computers as a mathematical tool.