At SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School we consider mathematics as far more than simply a core curriculum topic; it is central to helping children become happy, articulate, reflective and confident individuals. Developing numerical fluency prepares children to access a world surrounded by number and problem solving. It equips young people with key skills such as calculating, estimating, observing and predicting, which will be used extensively throughout their lives.
There are certain key aims that underpin the teaching of mathematics in our school. At SS Peter and Paul we believe that our teaching of mathematics:
- promotes enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
- develops confidence and competence with numbers and the number system;
- develops the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts; and
- helps children understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
All children are given opportunities to:
- develop a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system (place value);
- become fluent in number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves;
- solve simple problems mentally, using jottings personal to them and the bar model to visualise the problem,
- calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and with pencil and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies and judging whether their answers are reasonable
- explore the features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts; and
- explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
At SS Peter and Paul, we subscribe to an online learning platform that allows children to practise and consolidate their learning of maths at home: Sumdog
To help parents support their children with homework, the maths subject leader runs workshops throughout the year to help explain teaching methods used at the school. Also, available on our school website, are videos to further support parents and children at home with the mathematical concepts they will be learning at school.
Rosabela in Year 5 says, “Maths is a part of our every day. It teaches me to problem solve in lots of different ways. I love it because I can draw my working out or I can use my tools to help me. This is helpful when I am practising my maths skills to help me explain what I am thinking.”