Mathematics is an integral part of everyday life both in terms of concepts and thinking skills involved. Children will find in Maths the skills needed to make sense of the world, see patterns and structure and be able to analyse data and the results of experiments.
Maths is taught for an hour every day and the lesson is comprised of a short, fast mental starter and leads onto the main teaching point. During each term, pupils cover the four main strands of Mathematics which are:
- Using and Applying
- Shape, Space and Measures
- Data Handling
At Gateway, we aim to develop both an enjoyment and a fascination for mathematics through an appreciation of the basic structure of the subject. As a result, children are able to cope confidently with everyday problems in life. Children are encouraged to become both independent and co-operative learners and have the confidence to creatively tackle all types of mathematical tasks. Opportunities are given for children to undertake investigations and problem solving activities as part of their maths curriculum. Each classroom has its own maths area, which contains materials required for everyday use in mathematical activities; children have access to counters, Dienes, Cuisenaire rods, Numicon, number squares/lines, and money. Calculator skills are taught as part of the curriculum in Key stage 2. Children regularly take home Maths activities which reinforce and consolidate class based work.
We recognise the importance of times table knowledge in the development of mental strategies within children’s learning. To encourage these skills, we practise times tables daily and have a Key Stage 2 Times Tables Challenge every half term. Children compete to win a trophy and the winning class’s photograph is displayed in the Atrium.
There are many ways to help children at home with Maths. Try to make maths as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. Talk about Maths at home and place into real-life contexts:
- Take children shopping and talk about the quantities and cost of anything bought.
- Point out the different shapes and containers found around the home.
- Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates, notice patterns.
- Tell the time, look at timetables/calendars and discuss duration of different events.
All children benefit from positive, enthusiastic attitudes towards their learning!