Maths and Useful Links
Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners. Studying mathematics stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in life beyond school.
At Warmingham C of E Primary School we follow the new National Curriculum for Mathematics supported by the White Rose Maths Programme and Maths No Problem Resources. We aim to deliver an inspiring and engaging mathematics curriculum through high quality teaching, enabling the children at Warmingham to be numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. A mastery curriculum promotes a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject so that children are fluent at mathematics, possess a growing confidence to reason mathematically and the ability to apply maths to solve problems. We endeavor to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives.
Our school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics. Our principle aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. All children are encouraged to be active participants during whole class teaching through the regular use of whiteboards, practical and pictoral strategies and the use of other resources such as number fans. They are presented with a wide range of models and images to aid their understanding, such as number lines, bead bars, number squares, digit cards and small apparatus. Where appropriate, ICT is used in mathematics lessons for modelling and developing ideas. We encourage the children to apply their learning to everyday situations and contexts, ie: topic based/historical/current affair contexts. Alongside concrete and pictorial representations we teach mental strategies and formal written methods progressively through the school, in line with our school calculation policy. We explicitly teach number facts and ask children to consolidate their knowledge of these instant recall facts at home as rapid and accurate recall of facts and concepts is essential for children to develop fluency in mathematics.
As well as secure arithmetic skills, the new curriculum requires children to demonstrate mathematical fluency through problem solving and reasoning. At Warmingham, we provide children with opportunities in every lesson to apply their learning to solve problems and deepen their understanding of concepts by encouraging mathematical talk to explain ‘why’.
We regularly hold Parent worshops to help support the teaching of maths at home.