Mathematics teaching is wherever possible linked to real-life situations such as shopping and is linked to the ILP being studied so that children quickly see relevance and the way in which mathematics skills are essential to our daily lives. Wherever possible, practical hands on activities are used to help children with their understanding of the more abstract signs and symbols which go with the subject. Our children follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics requirements in their daily Mathematics lessons and also have daily maths skills sessions following the concepts of Big Maths – Counting, Learn It’s, It’s Nothing New and Calculation (CLIC). This programme reinforces basic number facts, applies existing knowledge to unknown concepts and develops strategies for problem solving. The results are excellent and the barriers to Maths can be broken down. The children are regularly assessed so that any gaps in their learning are able to be plugged quickly.
They focus on the basic skills as well as having a weekly problem solving lesson where they are able to apply their learning. Children also engage in a range of Mental Maths activities and are encouraged to learn their times tables facts at home to support the learning that they do in school.