Why do we want our pupils to love maths?
Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners.
Mathematics offers children a powerful way of communicating. They learn to explore and explain their ideas using symbols, diagrams and spoken and written language. They start to discover how mathematics has developed over time and contributes to our economy, society and culture. Studying mathematics stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in life beyond school.
Children who struggle with Maths often tell us that they don’t like it, and can’t do it and this attitude can act as a barrier to them learning. Our aim is to change this attitude and this perception. If children can learn to enjoy and have fun with Maths then we feel that their confidence will rapidly increase and they will see themselves as people who can be successful at Maths.
Maths at St Margaret’s
From September 2016 St Margaret’s decided to use the Maths No Problem scheme. The mission that we have bought into, “is that every child can master an understanding and love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support.” This scheme is based upon the teaching methods developed in Singapore. The scheme was first published in 2007.
Maths happens daily at our school. Number fluency; aspects such as number bonds and times tables are taught in weekly core skill sessions outside our daily maths lesson but of course are interwoven throughout the scheme of work. Weekly maths homework is set
Our approach to maths at our school takes all pupils through three stages - concrete, pictorial and abstract. Pupils need to be given a chance to use manipulatives to ‘play’ with maths, then to draw out their ideas and solutions and finally apply their knowledge and understanding in an abstract way. Some children like to see this as touch it, see it, explain it. The creators of the scheme would suggest that pupils will master the concepts if this step by step approach is taken. We believe so too! The scheme encourages children to be problem solvers, not just rote learners. Taking knowledge they have learnt and knowing how to apply it to solve a range of problems. Giving them the confidence to tackle and accurately solve Maths problems independently.
Games that your children can play to help their maths skills:
KS2 Maths mat – helpful facts to remember!
Maths glossary – definitions