Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to use number, calculate, reason and solve problems. It helps children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. Our aim is to create a culture where mathematics is seen in a positive light so children understand the importance of numeracy skills in the ‘real world’.
At Monksdown, we embrace the core aims of the new National Curriculum: fluency, accuracy, precision, reasoning and problem solving. A new scheme, Mathematics Mastery is currently being filtered throughout the school on a rolling program, to ensure a consistent approach to delivering these key aspects of the curriculum.
‘Mastery approaches’ to teaching maths are used to ensure deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. We believe that mastery of maths is a tool for life and teachers reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in mathematics.
The focus is on the development of deep structural knowledge and the ability to make connections. Making connections in mathematics deepens knowledge of concepts and procedures, ensures what is learnt is sustained over time, and cuts down the time required to assimilate and master later concepts and techniques.
Fluency comes from deep knowledge and practice. Pupils work hard and are productive. At early stages, explicit learning of multiplication tables is important in the journey towards fluency and contributes to quick and efficient mental calculation. Practice leads to other number facts becoming second nature. The ability to recall facts from long term memory and manipulate them to work out other facts is also important.
Top Tips for Families:
- Be aware of what you say about maths especially around children. Always try to be positive. Don’t say “I can’t do Maths”, “I hated maths at school” or “Maths is boring/too hard”
- Share your enjoyment of Maths and highlight when you have used it in everyday life. This could be when you are cooking, shopping or travelling etc.
- Praise your children for the effort that they have put in to maths not just their achievement.
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