Our aim is to teach Maths lessons which are stimulating and enable children to feel positive about the learning that is taking place. Therefore, we ensure children have access to Maths learning in many different ways.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children are taught numbers, shape, space and measure. They are encouraged to explore these areas through nursery rhymes, stories, role-play and a range of practical activities, in both the indoor and outdoor learning environments. Quality provision in Maths is provided and child initiated play is observed and supported by staff in order to move pupils on immediately.
Here at Eastbury Community Primary, we are committed to developing a teaching for mastery approach in Maths and belong to a Maths hub that is part of the National Centre for excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. We have also adopted the White Rose Maths Mastery. These overviews are designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning and have been
designed to support the aims and objectives of the new National Curriculum. The objectives are covered in daily lessons.
Children are taught a range of mental and written methods of problem solving, and have the opportunity to explore Maths through stimulating practical activities. We believe that all children, when introduced to a new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency. By taking this approach, children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing and alongside this, children should use pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems. Both concrete and pictorial representations should support children’s understanding of abstract methods. It is important to us that we provide children with concrete learning experiences which they can draw upon in future learning.
Our aim is to ensure that our children have a secure understanding of Maths and are able to recall and apply their knowledge quickly and accurately. The children will develop mathematical reasoning and learn to solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding whilst seeking solutions to problems.
We are very lucky here at Eastbury Community as we have a range of computing equipment including iPads which are used to enhance learning in Maths.