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.
“Mathematics can be terrific fun; knowing that you can enjoy it is psychologically and intellectually empowering.” (Watson, 2006)
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.
Liverpool Counts Quality Mark
This year, Monksdown Primary School is delighted to be awarded the ‘Liverpool Counts’ Numeracy for Life Quality Mark.
In collaboration with the Liverpool Learning Partnership, we aim to challenge the negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics which are prevalent in many areas of our society. We aim to challenge these widely held views and promote a culture where people readily understand the impact good numeracy skills and mathematical qualifications can have on the social, financial, health and employment aspects of their lives. (Liverpool Learning Partnership and School Improvement 2017)
The aims of the project are: –
- to raise the profile of Numeracy / Mathematics
- to create a positive ethos and develop a ‘risk taker’ mentality.
- to change the culture of thinking around Mathematics
- to make real life connections
- to understand the role Mathematics plays in future life choices
- to show the link Mathematics plays across all subjects
- to share and celebrate the enjoyment of Numeracy / Mathematics
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.
MoneySense is an impartial financial education programme that uses real-life experiences to help young people develop good money habits. Follow the link to see how you can help your children develop good habits towards a better financial future.
The National Numeracy Challenge in Liverpool
Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of the National Numeracy Challenge has stressed the importance of challenging anyone who says, ‘I can’t do maths’ with ‘Yes, you can’. Liverpool is launching the Challenge city wide and everyone can get involved – follow this link to learn more.
How to get involved: Try the challenge below!
Talk to the children about what maths you’ve used today!
Tell them about how you use maths in your job.
Never say ‘I can’t do Maths!’
Always be positive!
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