World Autism Acceptance Week
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems.
Our intention is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject (National Curriculum, 2014).
At Race Leys, we aim for children to develop the mathematics skills and understanding required for later life, but also to foster an enthusiasm and fascination about Maths itself. We aim to increase pupil confidence in Maths so they are able to express themselves and their ideas using the language of maths with assurance. Teaching is underpinned by a belief in the importance of Mathematics and that the children can succeed in learning mathematics in line with the age-related expectations for their current year group. They should have the opportunity to deepen their understanding by tackling challenging and varied problems rather than extend with new learning.
We implement this with children are taught Maths at least 4 times a week for at least an hour. During this hour, the start of the lesson will focus on Times Tables (Year 3 and 4) or Arithmetic (Year 5 and 6) for no more than 15 minutes. Teachers will use the I Do, We Do, You Do model to structure their lessons. ‘I Do’ shows the teacher modelling the learning; ‘We Do’ gives the children the opportunity to feedback to demonstrate their learning before the ‘You Do’ section where they will independently demonstrate their understanding of the skills and learning through fluency, reasoning and problem-solving activities.
By the end of KS2 we aim for the impact for children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. They should have the skills to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios. Children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language. All of this combined will help to use Mathematics functionally in their everyday lives.