At Fordbridge Community Primary School, we believe Maths is an important subject and skill, because it helps us to use maths knowledge in all areas of our lives. Learning maths, increases our understanding so we can apply our skills in real-life contexts. We often learn from mistakes and this improves our resilience, so we are always learning! We often get to practise our times tables on TTRS. Also, we get to practise our maths skills daily so we feel really confident.
At Fordbridge Community Primary School, we believe Maths is a key skill and creative discipline that helps the children understand the world by making links beyond the classroom experiences. It enables pupils to comprehend and appreciate relationships and pattern in number and shape. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to understand and apply their knowledge to solve real life problems. We use misconceptions as an essential part of the children’s learning experiences and provide appropriate opportunities of challenge by encouraging application of taught concepts to problems before moving onto new content. This ensures that key skills are embedded into the children’s long term memory.
Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and development and in public decision-making. Different cultures have contributed to the development and application of mathematics. Today, the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised.
At Fordbridge Community Primary School we follow the C-P-A teaching approach (concrete-pictorial-abstract). This is to ensure mathematics is taught to mastery showing depth and understanding of concepts taught.
Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We give all children the opportunity to talk and communicate in a widening range of situations and to practise and extend their range of vocabulary and numeracy skills. They have the opportunity to explore, enjoy, learn about, and use mathematics in a range of situations. Mathematics is planned from the Early Learning Goals and the CPA approach is encouraged. Mathematics is taught both as a discrete subject and within the whole Early Years Curriculum to give children opportunities to use their numeracy skills in real life situations.
From year 1 - year 6, we follow the Maths No Problem structure alongside White Rose.