At Streatham Wells, we strive for all of our children to have a full understanding and love of mathematics. We aim for our children to communicate mathematically and recognise that it is a tool for life and therefore leave the school with high standards of numeracy. We believe that children will be most successful at Mathematics when they enjoy what they are doing, when they are motivated to achieve or excel, when they experience success and understand how their work is relevant.
Aims & Objectives
The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
We aim to ensure that:
- Children are set appropriate targets and work is planned in line with their needs so that they can make progress as individuals and experience success;
- Achievement is assessed and monitored so that we can work towards raising it;
- Children learn to work independently, to persevere, to cooperate, to problem solve, to investigate, to experiment and to take risks;
- Children learn mental, visual and verbal understanding as well as proficient pencil and paper methods;
- A broad and balanced curriculum is delivered, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum;
- Children learn to choose and use equipment appropriately and to apply knowledge, to talk about and explain their work using correct vocabulary and to model in a variety of ways;
- Parents are involved in, and understand their children’s Math’s work and targets as fully as possible;
- Children are given opportunities to gain new skills, concepts and knowledge and to practice what they have already learned in a variety of contexts;
- Activities are open-ended and flexibly planned where possible, inviting children to show what they know and can do;
- The curriculum is equally accessible to all children in line with the school’s Inclusion Policy.
Agreed Approaches for Early Years Foundation Stage
Mathematics is one of the specific areas of learning in the EYFS Curriculum and covers the following aspects:
- Shape, space and measures
Mathematics is taught through a combination of adult directed and child initiated activities. Both Nursery and Reception have Maths areas with interactive displays and independently accessible resources. In Reception, children follow the White Rose Scheme of Work. This consists of PowerPoints and hands-on activities. In Nursery, children are exposed to the White Rose visuals and resources. This allows them to become familiar with the models and ensures consistency across the school.