Maths is an essential skill that enables us to live an independent life. It teaches us how to make sense of the world around us, whether it be calculating the total amount of money we need to purchase items, knowing what time to meet a connecting train or weighing precise amounts of ingredients when following a recipe. Maths helps us to develop problem solving and reasoning skills that allow us to work through a variety of problems.
Our main aim at Harvey Road Primary School is to provide a mathematics curriculum which supports children in being numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. When our children leave Harvey Road, they will be fluent in solving calculations involving a range of mathematical concepts and have the tools to solve a variety of problems. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into distinct areas, but pupils will make rich connections across mathematical ideas and recognise maths as a highly interconnected discipline.
Developing problem solving and reasoning skills is a thread that runs through all our Maths lessons. Mathematical vocabulary will be explicitly taught in lessons to support children in understanding and discussing their learning. Children are constantly challenged to explain why, to prove how they know, to convince that they are correct or to find all possible outcomes. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources to support their learning such as dienes, cuisenaire and bead strings.
To facilitate children to know more and remember more, key concepts run through the whole of our curriculum and opportunities to revisit previous learning are planned into lessons. Mathematical skills are developed across the curriculum in subjects such as Science, Design and Technology and PE. We recognise that a high quality mathematical education provides a foundation for understanding the world.
To support our parents and children, Harvey Road School has produced the documents below that aim to clarify what is covered within the National Curriculum for maths and how we teach it in school.
Useful Tips and Advice – www.familymathstoolkit.org.uk