‘The art of becoming a mathematician – creating passion for contextualised maths through real life problem solving’
We believe that to become true mathematicians, children need to be actively involved in the process of mathematical enquiry. We seek to develop young mathematicians through a knowledge, skills and application approach to maths covering topics including: number, calculating, money and measure, shape, position and movement and information handling.
Providing a problem or challenge presents children with numerous opportunities to discuss and learn, identifying the key terminology and mathematical concepts required in order to solve it.
All children are immersed in hands on practical experiences in problem solving. They learn to ask questions, work collaboratively, apply their knowledge and skills and participate in real life projects, improving ways of thinking mathematically from Early Years to Year 6.
At Leadenham CE Primary School it is of paramount importance to ensure that our children have the best possible grounding in mathematics during their time with us. With this in mind, we aim to spark a curiosity and excitement for maths learning, while instilling confidence and knowledge in children as they embark on their journey to mastering the maths curriculum. Mathematics is taught using a mastery approach, which has number at its heart. The basis for planning and curriculum content are the White Rose Maths Hub’s schemes of learning. Within our curriculum, a large proportion of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency, ensure teachers stay in the required key stage and support the ideal of depth before breadth. We try to ensure students have the opportunity to stay together as they work through the schemes as a whole group, providing plenty of opportunities to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum.
The basis for our teaching is the use of a Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach. When introduced to a new concept, children should have the opportunity to build competency by going through the stages to embed understanding:
Concrete – children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.
Pictorial – alongside this, children should use pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems.
Abstract – both concrete and pictorial representations should support children’s understanding of abstract methods.
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