Throughout The Avenue Primary, we promote a can do attitude towards Mathematics. From Foundation Stage, children are provided with opportunities to explore and use mathematical apparatus and equipment to promote a competency and confidence in the subject. We take a hands on approach in the early years providing the children with real life situations rather than abstract ideas. Amongst other resources, the use of Numicon tiles for teaching Mathematics make learning a visual and tactile experience.
In Key Stage 1, this practical approach is continued but coupled with activities to promote number fluency and more formal ways to record mathematical concepts .The children are also encouraged to give explanations to promote a deeper understanding of mathematical reasoning. Children complete daily mental maths activities upon arriving in school, these activities further embed their understanding of the subject. Children are set homework each week, generally linked to what has been taught that week. Children also need to work on their number bonds and times tables at home as these skills are crucial as they progress through the school. In year 2 children sit the national tests which comprise of an arithmetic test and a reasoning paper.
In Key Stage 2 the children are expected to have a secure knowledge of number bonds and times tables which they use to solve more complex problems with larger numbers. Formal methods of solving calculations by showing working out and giving explanations are also taught. It is crucial that children have a secure knowledge of times tables because without this knowledge such concepts as division, finding fractions and multiplying larger numbers becomes increasingly difficult. The school are always investigating different and effective ways to promote a knowledge and understanding of times tables and number bonds.
In addition to knowing basic mathematical concepts children are encouraged to explain and apply this knowledge in a number of different situations. Maths lessons provide children with opportunities to work on their fluency in number but also to gain a deeper understanding by solving problems and by giving explanations. At the end of Key Stage 2 children sit the national tests which comprise of an arithmetic paper and two reasoning papers. Our aim is to develop and encourage a deeper understanding in Maths and for the children to enjoy maths and become more confident Mathematicians.