At Fordham Church of England Primary School, we believe that mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them. Not only does mathematics equip us with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and interact with the world around us but a good mathematical education will also teaches us to reason logically, to apply our problem solving skills to a range of different contexts and to think in abstract ways.
Fordham Primary School follows the National Curriculum for mathematics. This ensures continuity and progression in the teaching of mathematics and the daily mathematics lessons have an emphasis on fluency, reasoning and problem-solving across both Key Stages. In early years the curriculum is guided by the Early Learning Goals.
As part of our mathematics teaching, our school has invested in a range of mathematical equipment including Numicon, multilink, polyhedron, iPads, laptops, Beebots, Probots visualisers, measuring and modelling equipment which is used throughout the school. Daily lessons will often incorporate the use of a range of apparatus and practical teaching resources with pupils being encouraged to explore their understanding and consolidate their learning through building, drawing, writing and speaking around mathematical concepts.
For those pupils who find mathematics more difficult, the school also provides targeted intervention groups and booster sessions, enabling children to be taught in small focus groups thus making accelerated progress.
Our school’s aim is for each child:
• To enjoy mathematics, be successful and form a positive attitude towards the subject
• To develop a sound understanding of basic mathematical concepts through practical investigational work
• To acquire appropriate and necessary mathematical skills and to apply them confidently and accurately
• To be able to demonstrate their skills and knowledge and talk about their work using appropriate mathematical language
• To use mathematics as part of their everyday life in school and at home
• To help pupils recognise that mathematics is a search for pattern and relationship