Our Approach to Mathematics
Our vision for the teaching of Mathematics at Whitegate School is to introduce children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum.
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.
Pupils delight in using mathematics to solve a problem, especially when it leads them to an unexpected discovery or new connections. During their time at Whitegate School, as their confidence grows, pupils are encouraged to look for patterns, use logical reasoning, suggest solutions and try out different approaches to problems.
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.
Children who succeed at maths are usually the ones who enjoy it most, so remember – maths is fun! (Just keep telling yourself that, even if that’s not the way you remember it from your own childhood.) We all know how easily children pick up on the things we say, so it’s vital that you don’t pass on your dislike or fear of maths by saying things like ‘I was never any good at maths’ or ‘I hated maths at school’ etc…
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