The basic skills of mathematics are vital for the life opportunities of our children. Our aim is for all children to think mathematically, enabling them to reason and solve problems effectively- experiencing a sense of awe and wonder as they solve a problem for the first time, discover different solutions and make links between different areas of mathematics.
To become competent with and to gain a deep understanding of new mathematical concepts, we follow a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach:
Concrete- Children have opportunities to use concrete (practical) objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.
Pictorial- Alongside the concrete, children use pictorial representations (where they are exposed to a range of representations to help draw out mathematical structures). These representations then help children to reason and problem solve.
Abstract- Both concrete and pictorial representations support children’s understanding of abstract methods.
This approach contributes to children’s conceptual understanding and conceptual understanding supports retention, which is our ultimate goal.
Wherever possible, we try to make links to Maths across the curriculum, providing children with opportunities to consolidate and enhance their maths skills. Applying and developing skills across the curriculum allow children to become more confident at tackling maths in any context, particularly real life situations.
How can you support your child?
We follow our school’s ‘Written Calculation Policy’ when teaching calculation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).To support us with this, when completing any homework with your child please follow the same methods as we are teaching in school to avoid any confusion. An overview of your child’s year groups calculation policy is usually issued at the Autumn term parent consultations. Additional copies are available from the school office.