Mathematics Mission Statement at Ley Top Primary 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. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.
At Ley Top we aim to:
- promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
- promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system.
- develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts.
- develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented.
- explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts.
- understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
Quality of Education in Mathematics at Ley Top:
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. We do this through lessons that have a high proportion of whole-class and group teaching. During these lessons we encourage children to ask as well as answer mathematical questions and provide explanations. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as number lines, number squares, number cards, base-ten and small apparatus to support their work where it will enhance their learning, as in visualising through modelling ideas and methods. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations.
Children use Times Table Rock Stars to improve and increase their stamina when practicing Times tables. Children are tested weekly in all year groups except Year Four, where they are tested daily.
In all classes there are children of differing mathematical ability. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies – in some lessons through differentiated group work and in other lessons by organising the children to work in mixed pairs on open-ended problems or games.