At Croxton Kerrial C.E. Primary School, we believe that mathematics provides children with vital life skills that will help them in their adult life. We aim to provide mathematical opportunities that develop children’s problem solving skills and encourage them to reason and apply their learning in a range of situations. As part of our creative curriculum, we explore these opportunities for children to use and apply their mathematical understanding in a variety of contexts.
Teachers plan from the Primary Framework for mathematics. Children are taught objectives arranged within seven strands. These are:
- Using and applying mathematics
- Counting and understanding number
- Knowing and using number facts
- Understanding shape
- Handling data
Teachers take into account where children have strengths and where they need support to ensure that an appropriate maths curriculum is delivered. Day to day assessment supports this process. Links are made across the strands and children develop their mathematical skills (such as learning to add by partitioning), knowledge (such as finding out why we can add numbers in any order) and understanding through problem solving and applying their knowledge and skills in context.
Over a half term teachers will collect a variety of information that will help them to make judgements about each child’s progress and support in planning next steps for each child. At this stage, teachers can make provisions for those children who need more support than others to make the progress they should.
We support children by providing an environment and resources that enable them to access mathematics confidently. We support parents by providing guidance at parents’ evenings and where possible, engaging parents in family learning opportunities.
Overall, we endeavour that everyone at Croxton Kerrial C.E. Primary School values mathematics and remembers that Maths is fun!