‘Pure Mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas’ Albert Einstein
At Abingdon Primary School, we believe maths essential to everyday life so our maths lessons are accessible to all and maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement. We deliver lessons that are creative and engaging with a focus on vocabulary and practical resources so children can develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated real life problems. Within each unit, the children will use Stem Sentences to help with their vocabulary and understanding. The children will also use talk partners with in lessons to encourage reasoning and deeper thinking and play games to encourage even more dialogue. As our pupils progress, we intend for them to be able to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically, have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
- To become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems
- To reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry
- To be able to develop an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- To be able to solve problems by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
- To gain a positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the relevance of mathematics in the real world
- To build initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others
Teaching and Learning
At Abingdon Primary School, our principal aim it to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. In line with the aims of the National Curriculum 2014, differentiation has now moved to focus on all children achieving the same learning outcome and the differentiation is the way that different groups of children are supported to achieve this. A high proportion of lesson time is devoted to direct teaching methods and vocabulary through modelled examples to ensure that children are fully confident to tackle independent tasks. Teachers demonstrate, explain and illustrate mathematical ideas to fully involve pupils and maintain their interest.
Teachers use and expect pupils to use correct mathematical notation and vocabulary. Mathematical errors and misconceptions are dealt with as they are identified in a positive and supportive way, teaching addresses misconceptions and through appropriate question the depth of understanding is developed. The emphasis on pupil’s learning begins with practical examples leading up to formal representations as laid out in the Calculation Policy.
During daily maths lessons, pupils are encouraged to ask as well as answer mathematics questions. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources, such as number lines, place value counters and charts, number squares, digit cards, part-part whole models, tens frames and other small apparatus to support their work.
‘Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations or algorithms; it is about understanding’ William Paul Thurston
Click here to view our Calculation Policy for Addition and Subtraction.
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Click here to view our Calculation Policy for Fractions.
Click here to view our Maths Policy.
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