At St Giles’ Primary School, we believe that Mathematics is an essential life skill and is used in everyday life to cook, measure, build, shop and solve problems. We value the problem solving nature of the subject, and develop perseverance through investigation and discussion. Striving to develop a lifelong love of learning, we encourage questioning, and reasoning alongside explanation, to engage the children in the subject and acquire a depth of understanding.
Our carefully planned daily Maths lessons, ensure that all children make good progress through the lesson and throughout the year. A number-bond or times table task at the start of each lesson allows children to develop fluency in their number-fact knowledge. Quality first teaching using appropriate models and images in line with the teaching for Mastery approach, help the children to gain a sound understanding of the number system. Children progress through the curriculum developing their calculating skills, reasoning and fluency. A long-term plan ensures that units are appropriately revisited, enabling children to consolidate and build upon their prior learning.
Although Maths is a discrete part of the curriculum, to create interesting learning opportunities, we use context-based activities, linked to topics, which may be, for example, History based. Using Maths across the other subjects, such as in Science or DT, allows the children to see the value of the subject, and how it can be used in practical ways within school and out in the wider community.
We have an enthusiasm and love for Maths, which we encourage the children to share. To find out more, please see our school’s vision for Mathematics below.