We plan our Maths teaching in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum. Much of this is taught in the daily Maths lesson but additional opportunities for developing investigational strategies are also provided.
Mathematics provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.
We aim to enable a child to develop a positive, confident attitude to mathematics, to have an ability to think clearly and logically and an understanding of mathematics through the formation of secure concepts based on:
- appropriate practical activities the process of inquiry and investigation mathematical skills and knowledge and a quick recall of basic facts an ability to identify patterns and relationships in mathematics an awareness of the uses and applications of mathematics in everyday situations
- the ability to express ideas concisely using accurate mathematical language the ability to select and use a range of mathematical tools an enjoyment of mathematics for its own sake.
Mathematics is taught throughout the School using a range of strategies including whole class, group and individual teaching.
At Ashurst Wood we use a Maths Mastery approach to teaching maths.
How can I help my Child at home?
As with reading, try to make Maths as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It is also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.
Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop mathematical skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.
Don't shy away from Maths if you didn't like it at School. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child.
Tips for helping your child to enjoy Maths: point out the different shapes to be found around your home, take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy to your child handle money and work out how much things cost look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.
Use web sites such as Mathletics or Times Table Rock Stars with your child at home You can find more information in our calculation leaflets which outline the strategies and methods we use to teach the four operations in School.
These will help you support your child at home. If you have any questions about the methods we use please talk to your child's teacher and /or attend one of the school's Maths workshops.