Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world.
These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life, in many forms of employment, science, technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and in public decision making. Over time different cultures have contributed to the development and application of Mathematics. Today, Mathematics transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees a hidden connection.
In Key Stage 1 the children develop their knowledge and understanding of maths through practical activites, games, exploration and discussion. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to at least 100. They are encouraged to develop a range of mental skills and strategies and use these when solving calculations. They learn about shape and space through practical activities and where possible these are linked to other topic areas they are learning about. They are encouraged to use mathematical language what talking about how they solved a problem.
In Key Stage 2 the children build on their knowledge and skills. They use numbers and the number system more confidently and make links in their learning. They carry out calculations using all four number operations. The children are encouraged to try mental methods initially when solving calculations or problems, before moving onto other methods. The children develop their knowledge and understanding of features of shapes and their properties and increase the accuracy of their measuring skills. The children are encouraged to discuss and present their work using a wider range of mathematical vocabulary, diagrams and charts.
In the Foundation Year during the Autumn and Spring Terms the pupils undertake a mixture of teacher-led and child-initiated activities and whole class counting games and activities throughout the day. This is built on during the year so that by Term 6 the pupils are ready to take full part in a dedicated Mathematics lesson.
In KS1 & KS2 Mathematics teaching generally takes place on a daily basis and lasts for between 45 minutes and 1 hour.
In some instances, Mathematics teaching may take place during topic-based sessions rather than dedicated maths lessons.