Mathematics is a fundamental building block that underpins almost every subject taught in school and many aspects of everyday life. It is the language of modern science and engineering that has enabled us to start to explore, understand and control the world around us. It is a fundamental tool that has enabled us to build machines, cure illnesses, predict the weather, fly to the moon and even add up the weekly shopping bill! Its logic can be seen in the structure of foreign languages and its patterns in many forms of art.
With so much at stake, it is no wonder that we take mathematics so seriously.
We believe that there are three pillars that underpin the learning of mathematics:
The teaching of the subject
We have a dedicated and enthusiastic mathematics department that aim to deliver the curriculum as effectively as possible to pupils of all abilities. We teach the National Curriculum through the Numeracy Strategy and strive to continually improve the results achieved in the national assessment tests.
We use a variety of practical equipment, videos and IT. We are working hard to improve these teaching resources such as the introduction of ‘Smart Boards’ and digital projectors in the classroom.
It is important to understand that maths can only be taught by building upon previous understanding and by progressing at the right level and at an appropriate rate. For this reason maths is set by ability in all years. The children, in their sets, are encouraged to engage in group and paired work as well as independent work. We give targeted children booster classes and challenge our high achievers with task extensions.
The effort shown by the pupils
This is too big a responsibility to be left just to the children and so we strive to draw this out through enthusiastic and fun lessons and activities. I run 3 lunchtime clubs, Mathemagical, Sudoku and Tables Buddies, which the children love to attend – click on the clubs link to find out more.
The support given by the parents and guardians
This invaluable partnership takes the subject out of the classroom into the real world. Parents help, not just with such things as learning the times tables, but by encouraging children to count when out and about, asking the names of shapes they see or other practical maths problems. As well as encouraging and helping children to do their homework, parents also let staff know of any particular worries that the pupils have. The staff will always try to support the parents in their efforts to help their children.
Please explore this website and if you have any questions please let me know. I look forward to working with you and your children over the coming year.