Mathematics at Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School

Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s 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. Developing their problem solving and reasoning strategies allows children to be independent thinkers and improve their understanding of key concepts and to make connections. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.

The aims of mathematics are:

To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration, discussion and perseverance
To promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system as children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
To be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied practise with increasingly complex problems over time
To develop a conceptual understanding of mathematics and to recall knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
To develop mathematic reasoning by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations and developing arguments, justification or proof using mathematical language
To solve problems and apply mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing confidence and sophistication
To develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented
To explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts
To understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life and a range of contexts

Teaching and learning style

The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding of the core principles in mathematics. We do this through daily lessons that have a high proportion of whole-class and group-direct teaching. Early Years Foundation Stage children are gradually introduced to the daily mathematics session, in small groups at first. During these lessons we encourage children to ask as well as answer mathematical open-ended questions. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as number lines, number squares, digit cards and practical equipment to support their work and we encourage their independent use. Children use ICT in mathematics lessons where it will enhance their learning, as in modelling ideas and methods and through quick activities to improve children’s understanding of key concepts by using programs such as ‘Mathletics’. Wherever possible, we encourage a cross curricular approach, where the children use and apply their learning in everyday situations. The children use their knowledge and conceptual understanding to reason and problem solve with relationships and patterns, developing their confidence, sophistication and independence in their mathematical understanding.

In all mathematics lessons, the children in Key Stage 2 are set according to their ability in each year group. In many of these classes there are differing mathematical abilities. We recognise this and provide the children with suitable, differentiated learning opportunities where by the children use a range of strategies – in some lessons this is through differentiated group work and in other lessons, the children will collaborate with children in mixed ability pairs on open-ended problems or games and develop their verbal reasoning and mathematical reasoning skills. We use classroom support staff to support some children and to ensure that work is matched to the needs of individuals.

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