Mathematics

At St. Pius X RC Primary School, we aim to provide the best possible education for each child within the context of a caring Christian community. Mathematics is taught as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, which will enable each child to develop confidently and achieve to the best of his/her ability. 

Aims and Objectives:

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Organisation

In order to achieve the above aims, teachers follow the planning/teaching structures contained within the Abacus Scheme of work. These are supplemented by various other resources at the class teacher’s discretion.  

 When teaching mathematics we provide opportunities for:

  • Group work
  • Paired work
  • Whole class teaching
  • Individual work 

Pupils are involved in:

  • The development of mental strategies
  • Written methods
  • Practical work
  • Investigational work
  • Problem solving
  • Mathematical discussion
  • Consolidation of basic skills and number facts
  • ICT opportunities

Mathematics contributes to many subjects and it is important the children are given opportunities to apply and use Mathematics in real contexts across the curriculum.

Inclusion

At our school we teach maths to all children, whatever their ability. Mathematics forms part of the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced curriculum to all children. Through our mathematics teaching we provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make progress. We do this by ensuring the activities are differentiated but challenging for each child’s needs. Marking and assessments help us to consider each child’s attainment and progress and to plan future lessons appropriately. 

EYFS

We teach mathematics in our Reception and Nursery Classes. The children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, in which there is the area of learning entitled ‘Mathematics’. At this age, children are provided with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. They are given opportunities to explore numbers, measures, patterns, shapes and space through a variety of practical activities, using both the indoor and outdoor classrooms. They are encouraged to talk about and enjoy all aspects of mathematics.

Cross- Curricular

As well as teaching specific maths skills, the children need to understand how these relate to real life situations to make them meaningful. We offer opportunities for the children to use their numeracy skills in different contexts across the primary curriculum. We also aim to teach children about the importance of economic well-being, through a variety of different tasks and activities. 

ICT

Children will use ICT programmes and websites such as MyMaths and Sumdog to reinforce and develop their mathematical understanding. Programmes will allow opportunities for the children to work together to talk through specific mathematics problems and find solutions. They will also use their mathematical skills when working with databases, spreadsheets and within the new computing curriculum. When teachers see fit, homework activities may be set online. 

Classrooms and Resources

The classrooms are organised appropriately to ensure the environment is stimulating and promotes mathematics. Displays should be used to support mathematical concepts and reinforce teaching points. These should be changed regularly. Each classroom has a designated unit for maths resources. Larger mathematics resources for whole school use are kept in a storage unit in the spare Y6 classroom. 

'... your school is in the top 1% of primary schools in England for attainment in reading and mathematics.' (Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards)