At Marine Academy Primary we endeavour to teach our children a rich and progressive curriculum. We believe that Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child's ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. In our school we want to help children to understand and appreciate the pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives in and out of school. We encourage the children to develop these key and fundamental skills through their growing knowledge and understanding of the world. We want children to learn to appreciate the contribution made by many people to the development of Mathematics in our ever growing society.
The National Curriculum for primary mathematics has three aims that should at the heart of how we interpret the content of the curriculum.
- Conceptual understanding
In developing children's skills through enhancing their factual, conceptual and procedural knowledge, we allow them to deepen their mathematical understanding and be able to apply what they know to help them to solve problems.
- Mathematical reasoning
The progression and development of mental calculations and efficiency in strategies will provide children with the skills which will allow them to communicate and present their findings effectively using appropriate mathematical language.
- Problem solving
At Marine Academy Primary, Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and it is with this in mind that we endeavour to ensure that children develop self-confidence in their ability to approach a range of mathematical problems.
By providing opportunities to apply their mathematical skills in different contexts and across a range of subject areas, children will be able to work systematically to organise information, find patterns and ultimately solutions through independent and collaborative learning.
Teaching of Mathematics follows the National Curriculum and reflects changes introduced in 2014 for Key Stages 1 and 2 and the Curriculum for EYFS.
Parents/Carers can support their children at home using the following websites:
- National Numeracy Parent Toolkit has a wealth of tips and advice for parents. http://www.nnparenttoolkit.org.uk/
- Oxford Owl includes a range of activities, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home. http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/maths-owl/maths
- Maths 4 Mums and Dads explains some of the milestones children make between the ages of 3-and-11-years-old. http://www.maths4mumsanddads.co.uk/index.php
- Nrich. A range of maths games, problems and articles on all areas of maths. Parents of Key Stage 1 children should select ‘stage 1’ and parents of Key Stage 2 children should select ‘stage 2’. http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage