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The teaching of Mathematics.

What is maths?

Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.

 Our objectives in the teaching of mathematics are:

  • to promote enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
  • to develop fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics;
  • to promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system;
  • to develop the ability to solve increasingly complex problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts;
  • to develop the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
  • to develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented;
  • to explore features of shape and space (geometry), and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts;
  • to help children understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life. 

The mastery approach to mathematics

We follow a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics at Haydonleigh. This means spending time thoroughly teaching a subject; ensuring that children have an absolutely solid, concrete understanding of subject knowledge and skills as well as being emotionally resilient when tackling challenging problems. The mastery approach enables teachers to move through the new curriculum (2014) at a steadier and deeper pace, allowing for children’s misconceptions to be addressed.

Additionally, Children who have successfully achieved a learning objective will be provided with deeper and richer experiences which enable them to not only complete the chosen skill, but also explain and reason as well. Children are challenged by a variety of mathematical problems and investigations which require them to apply the skills they have learnt in different contexts. Thus helping to secure a much deeper understanding.

We focus on all children achieving what is expected of their age group and not going beyond this. Evidence shows that children need to be able to understand a concept, apply it in a range of situations and then be creative to really understand it. Simply going beyond their age group does not guarantee they understand something, it just means they have heard it. At our school no child will be taught content from the next year group above them, they will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge and skills in multiple ways.


Mental Maths and Times Tables:

As well as daily Maths lessons, we provide children with multiple opportunities to develop their Times Table and Arithmetic skills.  In Key Stage 1,  we use Maths Passports at Haydonleigh to learn and practice our mental maths skills in a challenging yet enjoyable manner.  In Key Stage 2, we follow the Times Tables Rockstars programme to practice Times Tables and related division facts whilst listening to Rock Music. This programme is professionally designed to develop fluency and rapid recall and coincides with the new Year 4 Tables Test. All children in Key Stage 2 have been given a username and password to enable them to practice at home. 

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