Mathematics provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is a powerful, universal language used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. Mathematics also provides the material and means for creating new imaginative worlds to explore. Through exploration within mathematics itself, new mathematics is created and current ideas are modified and extended.
Both in tackling problems and in exploring within the subject itself, mathematics has the capacity not just to describe and explain but also to predict. This gives mathematics the power and persuasiveness that accounts for its importance in the school curriculum.
At Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School, we aim not only to prepare our children for the next stage of their education, but also to lay the foundations for successful lives after school. Our aim is to prepare our children for the jobs of tomorrow, which will require greater mathematical skills than in the past, including thinking mathematically in order to use technology that does not yet exist.
The aims of our Mathematics teaching at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School are aligned with the aims of the National Curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We recognise that pupils need to learn basic number facts and acquire fluency in procedures, alongside developing conceptual understanding if they are to be able to solve increasingly complex problems in life and later in the workplace.
A mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics has been adopted, so we have high expectations of all our pupils. We endeavour to make the mathematics curriculum accessible to all pupils; moving them through the programme of study at broadly the same pace. All children need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning in order that future learning is built upon firm foundations. Part of this approach includes adopting a ‘growth mindset’. Children are encouraged to believe they are all capable of learning and doing mathematics, given sufficient time, good teaching, appropriate resources and effort.
National Curriculum Mathematics Programme of Study: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study
Christmas Problem Solving Morning
On Wednesday 14th December the children were given the opportunity to work with others from across the school as they participated in some Christmas themed problem solving activities. Staff commented on the perseverance and concentration shown throughout the morning by the younger children and were very impressed by the maturity shown by the older children as they took on the role of ‘teacher’ in their groups, asking the younger children questions to develop their mathematical thinking whilst encouraging and supporting them in their different approaches to solving the problems. All enjoyed the challenge posed by the problems (teachers and teaching assistants included) and are looking forward to the next event.
Year 1 Family Learning Workshop
Thank you to all of the parents and family members who attended our Year 1 Family Learning Workshops, which focused on developing the children’s understanding of number. The children clearly enjoyed being able to share their learning and it was wonderful to see everyone enthusiastic to participate in the activities available throughout the morning.
Year 2 Family Learning Workshop
It was wonderful to spend time with the Year 2 children and their families during our recent maths workshops. Since the workshops took place, many of the children have mentioned playing the games we sent home, which is fabulous! Thank you to parents for your time and all of your valuable feedback. We are currently working on producing a strategy booklet for each of the year groups so that you can see which methods your child will be taught in class. Hopefully this will help you to support your child at home. In the meantime if you have any questions about how to help your child with their maths, please speak to your child’s class teacher or feel free to come and see me.
Many thanks for your continued support,