Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Maths At St Nicolas CE Primary School
Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?
Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems.
Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
We aim to support children to achieve economic well-being and equip them with a range of computational skills and the ability to solve problems in a variety of contexts.
At St Nicolas, children are encouraged to make mistakes in a safe and supportive environment. They are supported to discuss these misconceptions with their peers and staff alike. Here at St Nicolas, we place oracy at the heart of our learning through shared work and class discussions. Use of appropriate vocabulary is modelled throughout lessons by both staff and children, allowing everyone to ‘talk like a mathematician’. Once a child can articulate their understanding of a concept, they can truly begin to make connections within their learning.
At our school, the majority of children will be taught the content from their year group only. They will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge in multiple ways.
We aim for all pupils to:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. This will include the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions – including unfamiliar contexts and real-life scenarios.
Sequence & structure
How does the maths curriculum plan set out the sequence and structure of how we’ll teach the knowledge and skills?
We follow the National Curriculum, which sequences and structures the teaching into the year groups. In order to ensure this curriculum is covered in full and in manageable and logical steps, we follow the White Rose planning in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
List of Maths Websites for Parents and Carers
National Numeracy Parent Toolkit has a wealth of tips and advice for parents. http://www.nnparenttoolkit.org.uk/
Oxford Owl: includes a range of activities, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home. http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/maths-owl/maths
Maths 4 Mums and Dads: explains some of the milestones children make between the ages of 3-and-11-years-old. http://www.maths4mumsanddads.co.uk/index.php
Nrich: A range of maths games, problems and articles on all areas of maths. Parents of Key Stage 1 children should select ‘stage 1’ and parents of Key Stage 2 children should select ‘stage 2’. http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage
List of Maths Websites for Children