"Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject" – The National Curriculum.
At Alexander McLeod Primary School we aim to ensure that all children develop a deep understanding and love of mathematics and learn the importance and relevance of maths in the ‘real’ world. Our aim is to promote a love of maths and ensure that our children understand the importance of children knowing more than facts in isolation and the ability to recall facts and times tables. We ensure that our children have a better understanding of mathematical concepts and methods and are able to apply their knowledge in a range of contextualized problems.
It is important that children can recall key facts in Maths, as this will allow them to more efficiently solve problems. In order to support our children with their understanding of their times tables, we have launched a times table certificate that the children keep with them until they have learnt all their times tables facts up to 12 x 12 and are able to answer quick fire questions on each one.
In order to develop children’s conceptual understanding in Maths, we ensure that all teachers begin each unit of Maths by starting with the concept, using materials such as number beads and numicon, before moving onto calculation methods, using real life scenarios.
At Alexander McLeod Primary School we ensure that children can explain the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of Maths. Through reasoning and higher order questioning, children are able to generalise and justify their thinking.
Teachers promote reasoning during Maths lessons, through using carefully chosen questions, we also use our written feedback to develop reasoning skills by asking children questions such as:
- How do you know that….
- Can you prove that….
- Explain why you believe that….
Children are provided with opportunities to express their mathematical reasoning through the use of reflections, through the recap at the beginning of a session, and by addressing misconceptions and in plenaries. We use our maths learning walls to display current and ‘live’ learning to ensure that our children have access to key vocabulary, modeled examples and challenge questions linked to their current topic.
At Alexander McLeod Primary School we believe that an integral part of Maths is being able to solve problems. We ensure that real life problem-solving activities are embedded in daily maths activities so that children have the chance to move from the concrete to the abstract. We also plan for mathematical activities to have a problem-solving element throughout the use of daily challenges. Children move from more concrete ‘Warm up’ questions to problem solving ‘Challenge’ and ‘Super Challenge’ questions that engage the children with puzzles and word problems.
Please select from the following links to read our Curriculum overview for each year group: