Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them.
This policy outlines what we are aiming to achieve in respect of pupils’ mathematical education. It also describes our agreed approach to the planning, delivery and assessment of the mathematics’ curriculum.
The National Curriculum (2013) for mathematics describes what must be taught in each key stage. The mathematics taught and the methods used reflect both the statutory requirements and the non-statutory guidance and recommendations outlined in the following documents:
(A) The Revised Statutory Framework for the EYFS (2012)
(B) The Development Matters in the EYFS (2012)
(C) Mathematics Programmes of Study: key stages 1 and 2 National Curriculum in England (2013)
(D) Mathematics Planning National Curriculum documentation – Lancashire County Council (2013)
Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.
At Water Primary School we aim to:
- develop a positive attitude to mathematics as an interesting and attractive subject in which all children gain some success and pleasure;
- develop mathematical understanding through systematic direct teaching of appropriate learning objectives;
- encourage the effective use of mathematics as a tool in a wide range of activities within school and, subsequently, adult life;
- develop an ability in the children to express themselves fluently, to talk about the subject with assurance, using correct mathematical language and vocabulary;
- develop an appreciation of relationships within mathematics;
- develop ability to think clearly and logically with independence of thought and flexibility of mind;
- develop an appreciation of creative aspects of mathematics and awareness of its aesthetic appeal;
- develop mathematical skills and knowledge and quick recall of basic facts