At Greenlands all children, including SEND and disadvantaged learn through a range of approaches to facilitate the best possible outcome.
“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas”
- Albert Einstein
Why Maths Is Important
Maths is an essential skill that enables us to live an independent life. It teaches us how to make sense of the world around us, whether it be: calculating the total amount of money we need to purchase items, knowing what time to meet a connecting train or weighing precise amounts of ingredients when following a recipe. Maths helps us to develop problem solving and reasoning skills that allow us to solve a variety of problems.
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National Curriculum Purpose Of Study
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.
What Maths Looks Like At Greenlands Primary School
Our main aims at Greenlands are to make our children fluent in solving calculations involving the four mathematical operations and to equip them with the tools to solve a variety of problems. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into distinct areas, but pupils will make rich connections across mathematical ideas. Developing problem solving and reasoning skills is a thread that runs through all our Maths lessons. Children are constantly challenged to explain why, to prove how they know, to convince that they are correct or to find all possible outcomes. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources to support their learning such as hundred squares, number lines, Numicon, cubes, place value cards and other small apparatus. Mathematical skills are developed across the curriculum in subjects such as Science, Design and Technology and PE. Vocabulary will be explicitly taught at the beginning of every lesson. To facilitate children to know more and remember more key concepts run through the whole of our curriculum and opportunities to revisit previous learning are planned into every lesson.
All maths lessons/activities are designed and planned to include all children through a range of approaches. Lessons are planned to facilitate the best possible outcome for all children within the class.
Concepts Running Through Maths
- Change - Units (Ones to tens, tens to hundreds), methods
- Power - Mastery of maths
- Diversity - Problem solving, method representation
- Comparison - Methods, operations, reasoning and problem solving
- Significance - Mathematicians, significant skills (times tables, number bonds, fractions of amounts)
Useful maths websites
BBC KS1 Bitesize Maths Games
Woodlands Maths Zone – fun interactive maths games
Ambleside Primary School Maths Zone
Coxhoe Primary School – Numeracy Games
BBC KS2 Bitesize Maths Games
Mad4Maths - fun numeracy games
Cool Maths games website for pupils
Mathszone website with hundreds of links to other websites – most resources are for KS2 with some for KS3.
Family learning a multiplication website with links to other websites full of times table games.
'Nrich' - is a Maths website which focuses entirely on problem solving. It is used in Maths throughout our school, but can also be accessed at home. There are always 'live' problems which the children can try to solve and submit their solutions online.
'Maths is fun' can be very useful for providing demonstrations and examples of how to perform different calculations. It also has a wide range of activities you can print out for children to complete.
ICT games website full of good maths games
Top marks website is full of maths interactive games for 3-5,5-7 and 7-11 years children.