Everything was accounted for by number and weight,
and the entire weight was recorded at that time.
At Whitegate CE Primary School, we aim to inspire in pupils a restless curiosity to explore concepts, skills and thinking strategies. We aim for all children to think mathematically, enabling them to reason, solve problems and assess risk in a range of contexts, preparing children for life in all its fullness.
Through the teaching and learning of mathematics we enable pupils to make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them; offer ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and make crucial contributions to their development as successful learners.
Mathematics offers pupils a powerful way of communicating. They learn to explore and explain their ideas using symbols, diagrams and spoken and written language. Through our teaching of mathematics we endeavour to stimulate curiosity, foster creativity and equip children with the skills they need in life beyond school as they contribute to our economy, society and culture.
At Whitegate we believe that confidence is of the most importance. For children to have a positive mindset towards maths, they need to feel confident about giving it a go. We believe that praising children for their effort, not their ability, will increase their confidence and make them hungry to learn more.
The aims of teaching mathematics in our school are:
- To become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- To reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- To solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasingly sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Websites we recommend to explore:
BBC Bitesize KS1: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zjxhfg8
BBC Bitesize KS2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39
Maths Zone: https://www.mathszone.co.uk
If you have any questions about our Mathematics curriculum, please contact Mrs Mackenzie (subject lead) via the school office. Thank you