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. Here at Park End, we strive to provide high-quality mathematics education which 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.
Mathematic lessons at Park End follow the National Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through 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.
Below are the mathematic objectives your child will be covering in school this year:
Here at Park End Primary School, we aim to develop ’problem solving mathematicians’. We employ a mastery approach towards the teaching of mathematics which keeps classes together on the same content at the same time. This ensures that all of our pupils have the opportunity to master the curriculum and for some to gain a greater depth of understanding. During lessons, we challenge our children by digging deeper into mathematical concepts and ideas rather than moving children onto new content.
Within maths, we use concrete apparatus (things pupils can touch, hold and manipulate) and visual representations, including Bar Modelling, to help children to picture and internalise mathematical ideas. We hope that the consistent use of these apparatus and representations will help our pupils gain the confidence needed to become independent learners and problem solvers.
Our pupils regularly have the opportunity to practise their written calculations. During Five-a-Day, children practise solving calculations involving the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Children in our school begin by using number lines, before progressing to the formal written methods, once they have a secure understanding of the calculations.
At Park End Primary School, we recognise how fundamental times table recall speed is to later success in maths lessons. In order to engage children in daily practice, we use a programme called Times Table Rockstars. Each week, children concentrate on a different times table whilst consolidating tables they have already learned. Children use a combination of online and paper practice to improve their recall speed whilst battling fellow rockstars in the school!
We encourage our children to regularly practise and revise their mathematical skills. Here at some useful websites you may want to use with your child at home: