Mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.
Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum. At Hawley Primary School we follow the programmes of study set out in the 2014 curriculum, which we have developed into our own long term planning document. Each year group studies:
Our aim at Hawley Primary School is for children to enjoy mathematics, be successful and to have a positive attitude to the study of the subject. We believe children learn most effectively by being actively involved in the teaching and learning within the classroom and by having an understanding of how this relates to their everyday life in school and at home. We endeavour to equip children with the skills to find the answers to their own mathematical questions and to further develop their curiosity about the world in which they live. As the children progress through the school we seek to develop their ability to work independently and collaboratively, in order to listen, communicate and express their own views and in turn respect the views of others.
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in the teaching of mathematics and adapt our techniques to support the needs of the pupils in our school. Each mathematics sessions aims to develop the children’s mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. The children have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources including bead strings, number lines, numicon, diennes and small apparatus to support their work. ICT is used in mathematics lessons for modelling ideas and methods.
Our school runs a flexible, creative curriculum, and although much of the Mathematics is taught during a discreet maths lesson, we constantly seek to make meaningful cross-curricular links in order to embed maths into the bigger picture of each child’s learning, and to provide real life relevance to the concepts and skills that they are acquiring. This is a two–way process, so sometimes the maths objectives may be taught as part of another topic, and at other times the topic objectives may be taught as part of the maths.
We recognise the importance of establishing a secure foundation in mental calculation and the recall of number facts. We want our children to understand numbers and to use them efficiently and confidently. To support the rapid recall of basic number facts we have a ‘Table Mountain’ reward scheme which begins in our Early Years Foundation Stage department and continues into Year 6. Pupils begin their journey up ‘Table Mountain’ by learning to count forwards and backwards in steps of 10, 2 and 5. As their mathematics develops they learn multiplication and division facts, aiming to beat the timer and earn stickers for their reward charts.