Maths and Numeracy

M&NMaths should be an enjoyable voyage of discovery providing the knowledge and skills for pupils to solve mathematical problems throughout the lives of pupils.

To ensure consistency, we base our Maths teaching on a commercial scheme.  However, each teacher supplements this to provide the most appropriate experiences for pupils according to their ability.Class One 011

We spend considerable time developing “mental maths” whereby pupils develop mental strategies or ‘methods’ to calculate without recourse to pencil and paper.  An important part of developing these ‘strategies’ is acquiring a bank of ‘knowns.’  For example, number bonds to 20, i.e., 5+5 = 10, 7+6 = 13, 19-8 =11 and, of course, multiplication tables.  Without these ‘knowns’ mental calculations become laboured, slow Techniquest Maths 2015 004and frustrating.  Parents can help their children by playing ‘mentals.’  Mental maths puzzles can make a long car journey pass more quickly and provide a stimulating and ultimately very valuable experience for your child.

Much work is done on an ‘investigation’ or ‘problem solving’ basis, in order to relate the theories of mathematics to the ‘real-life’ situation.