The National Framework for Mathematics has been introduced into the school to enable teachers to provide pupils with a firm foundation in mathematics and set targets for raising standards in key skills. We believe in interactive, whole-class and group teaching using a variety of approaches that meet the diverse needs of individual children.
Mathematics is taught through a daily mathematics lesson, which uses a three-part structure, starting with oral work and mental calculation using whole-class teaching as well through cross curricular links with other subjects. The main part of the mathematics lesson is used for teaching new topics or consolidating previous work. Finally, the plenary plays an important role, allowing teachers to draw together all that has been learned. Lessons focus on whole-class teaching with a strong emphasis on mental calculation and, throughout the lessons, pupils are given the opportunity to explain their answers and suggest new ways of tackling problems.
We also try to relate maths to real life whenever possible and use our surroundings to learn outside the classroom on a regular basis. Problem solving is incorporated throughout mathematics lessons and displays around the school, children are encouraged and challenged to apply their skills across a range of applications.