Mathematics is an integral part of everyday life, both in terms of concepts and thinking skills involved. Children will find in Maths the skills needed to make sense of the world, see patterns and structure and be able to analyse data and the results of experiments.
Maths is taught for an hour every day and the lesson is comprised of a short, fast mental starter and leads onto the main teaching point. During each term, pupils cover the four main strands of Mathematics which are:
At St. Saviour’s, we aim to develop both an enjoyment and a fascination for mathematics through an appreciation of the basic structure of the subject. As a result, children are able to cope confidently with everyday problems in life. Children are encouraged to become both independent and co-operative learners and have the confidence to creatively tackle all types of mathematical tasks. Opportunities are given for children to undertake investigations and problem solving activities as part of their maths curriculum. Children regularly take home Maths homework activities which reinforce and consolidate class based work.
We recognise the importance of times table knowledge in the development of mental strategies within children’s learning. To encourage these skills, we practise times tables each week, and in upper Key stage 2, division knowledge is tested.
There are many ways to help children at home with Maths. Try to make maths as much fun as possible – games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. Talk about Maths at home and place into real-life contexts:
- Take children shopping and talk about the quantities and cost of anything bought.
- Point out the different shapes and containers found around the home.
- Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates, notice patterns.
- Tell the time, look at timetables/calendars and discuss duration of different events.
All children benefit from positive, enthusiastic attitudes towards their learning and Maths is a great subject to better prepare our children for the future.