Mathematics (The teaching of numeracy skills)
Pupils at Christleton Primary School study mathematics to participate in a modern society by being able to think mathematically enabling them to reason, solve problems and assess risk in a range of contexts.
At Christleton Primary School we endeavor to ensure that mathematics progress is related to individual need through the appropriate use of a variety of resource materials and that all children receive as much practical and investigative experience as possible.
We follow a rigorous teaching sequence provided by the 'Maths Hub' where mathematical concepts are taught in three stages.
The stages for each objective are broken down into the following:
As part of an introduction to a new area of learning, children will spend one or two days learning to be fluent with a taught concept. For example, if they are learning how to use the column method, they spend the fluency stage understanding how this method works and applying this understanding to simple addition sums.
Once children can confidently reason, they then move onto the next stage of our teaching sequence where children then have to reason and explain their answers. This provides children with an opportunity to reason and show how they answered a question.
3. Problem Solving
Finally, once children are fluent with a concept and they can confidently reason, they then move onto problem solving and applying this learning to a range of scenarios and contexts in order to embed the learning.
Children who are not secure with a stage (for example fluency) will continue developing their skills in this area until they are ready to move onto the next stage.
As a result of their learning in mathematics and problem solving across the curriculum children will:
- Be prepared for applying their skills effectively in everyday life situations, in their future learning and in the work place.
- Have the building blocks in place and to provide a solid foundation to lead onto secondary, further and higher education.
By teaching though a context, children will learn to understand, distil and clarify information; consider what they know that will help them to solve problems, realising what they need to know next; create systems and strategies, organising information in a way that helps find patterns and ultimately solutions and to communicate and present their findings effectively.
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