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Subject Overview:  Maths


Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many people to the development and application of mathematics. 



Curriculum aims:


To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.


To develop logical thinking and reasoning skills through a natural curiosity and investigative approach.


To promote confidence and competence.


To develop a growth mindset culture where children can use their mistakes to develop their learning.


To develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of numbers and the number system.


To develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts.


To develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented.


To explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts.


To understand the importance of mathematical skills in everyday life. 


To develop pupils’ numeracy and mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving in all subjects so that they understand and appreciate the importance of mathematics. 


To teach children to apply their mathematics to both routine and non-routine problems, including breaking down more complex problems into a series of simpler steps.


To be fluent mentally at basic 4 operation number sentences.



Our pedological approach to teaching this subject in the Robert Piggott CE Schools:



The children are introduced to Mathematics through child initiated play opportunities and though adult led whole class and one to one teaching. These include counting, number songs, rhymes, games, cooking activities and IT. Investigative tasks are set and explored in a variety of cross curricular ways. The children are introduced to a maths mastery pedagogy through practical activities which deepen their understanding of number.


KS1 and KS2 

The schools use a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics through a daily lesson that has a high proportion of whole class and group-direct teaching through a mastery approach, predominantly using the White Rose scheme. During these lessons we encourage children to ask as well as answer mathematical questions. The conversation that happens within classrooms is a 2 way conversation, promoting mathematical thinking. Children have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as; base 10, place value counters, number lines, number squares, digit cards and small apparatus such as Numicon to support their work. Children and teachers use ICT in mathematics lessons where it will enhance their learning, and to assist with modelling ideas and methods. Wherever possible we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations.