We have changed the focus of our mathematics teaching over the past few years so that we now have a larger focus on not only acquiring the skills of mathematics but being able to apply their learning. Children are now routinely encouraged to look at the application of mathematics in real life situations as this gives us a far indication of if a skill has been really mastered. In real terms this results in less worksheet and textbook tasks and more problem solving both individually and in groups.
Mathematics teaches our pupils to:
- develop a secure understanding of the concepts, principles and processes of mathematics and apply these in different contexts, including the world of work
- engage with more abstract mathematical concepts and develop important new kinds of thinking
- understand the application of mathematics, its impact on our society past and present, and its potential for the future
- develop essential numeracy skills which will allow me to participate fully in society
- establish firm foundations for further specialist learning
- understand that successful independent living requires financial awareness, effective money management, using schedules and other related skills
- interpret numerical information appropriately and use it to draw conclusions, assess risk, and make reasoned evaluations and informed decisions
- apply skills and understanding creatively and logically to solve problems, within a variety of contexts
- appreciate how the imaginative and effective use of technologies can enhance the development of skills and concepts.
SCHEMES OF WORK USED TO SUPPORT MATHEMATICS AT MILE END
We have a range of resources available to staff and they select the best one to support the class in a particular area of maths. The new Heinemann Active Maths is used in many classes with TJ, Numicon and various other games and resources being available to support staff.
Almost all staff have been trained in Number Talks. This approach doesn’t ask children to memorise procedures, instead they are encouraged to reason, make sense and construct strategies built upon numerical relationships.