Being confident in and enthusiastic about maths helps children to build self-esteem and confidence in life.
At Bounds Green School, we aim to give our children a love of mathematics. We provide children with opportunities to develop their mathematical thinking and problem solving skills by encouraging them to talk about what they are doing, to consider alternative ways of doing it, and to wrestle with their efforts. We want children to explore ideas for themselves by making observations, highlighting connections and following their hunches so that they construct a detailed map of the ‘mathematical landscape’. We want them to feel that maths can stimulate moments of happiness and wonder and therefore provide them with personal satisfaction so that they are motivated to learn more.
This approach underpins our teaching of the objectives of the new mathematics programmes of study.
There is a daily maths lesson in all year groups from Y1 –Y6. In Nursery and Reception classes, mathematics is integrated into the children’s everyday learning experiences.
Children will learn to work flexibly and fluently with number and number operations to develop strong mental calculation skills. This supports a deepened understanding of standard written methods for calculation. Click here to see our Calculation Policy:
Although there is a strong emphasis on fluency in number, children also develop understanding in shape, space and measure and data handling. Where relevant and purposeful, mathematical links are made with other areas of the curriculum so that children develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics in our daily lives. Click below to see our school curriculum overview for mathematics.
Our aim is to make sure that children develop their mathematical understanding at broadly the same pace. By tracking the progress of every child on a regular basis, we know which children are making slower or more rapid progress. We provide interventions to support these children and ensure that these are tailored to every child’s individual need. Most interventions take place outside the daily maths lesson.
Linked in with our current Maths Workshop, please click on the link below for the Addition and Subtraction Workshop document: