The Importance of Maths
Mathematics is a key life skill. It is key to science, technology and engineering and is needed to be financially literate as well as being required for most forms of employment.
A secure understanding of maths gives a foundation for an understanding of the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a curiosity to learn more about the subject.
We want children to leave us with a love of maths as well as a secure understanding. There are three main aims of the national curriculum which underpin everything that we do, these are:
- Fluency - To be able to solve calculations and problems, understanding how they got to the answer.
- Reasoning - To spot patterns and relationships, and be confident in using mathematical vocabulary to explain their thinking.
- Problem Solving - To solve problems of increasing difficulty, finding different solutions where appropriate.
How we teach maths at Lakeside
We use Power Maths to structure the long term and medium term overview of our mathematics teaching.
The majority of children are taught in their own year groups, in mixed abilities. In every year group, concepts are taught using concrete resources, moving on to pictorial methods before developing abstract working. This approach means that most children can access the same learning while building a solid understanding. Where appropriate, some children have a personalised curriculum. All children are given an equal opportunity to achieve to their highest potential.
As well as discrete maths lessons, children also consolidate their understanding during topic lessons and through regular Maths Meetings which include key mathematical facts (Learn Its - downloadable from this page)
Parents are pivotal to their child's success in maths. We aim to work with our families and keep parents informed about what their child is learning in school, and how they are learning it. We use Learning with Parents which clearly shows how aspects of maths are taught as well as providing fun activities that the whole family can be involved in. You can find their website at www.learningwithparents.com. Please see your child's teacher about gaining access.
Cross Curricular Maths
To be a mathematician, you need to be able to see and make links with the world around us. We make sure that these links are explicit within other subjects. Children will collect and present data in science, work with measures like time in PE and look for patterns in art. Maths is everywhere!
In EYFS, the children learn about number through play. They are introduced to models and images like the part whole model and the tens frame.
Year one continue to use the models and images that were introduced in Foundation. They are supported to develop a secure understanding of numbers by using the CPA approach.
Year 2 are introduced to formal methods of calculation, still using the CPA approach. They are encouraged to spot patterns and find more than one answer. The concrete apparatus supports children when they are asked to explain their working.
Year 3 work with numbers to 1000, further developing addition and subtraction skills.
Year 4 work with numbers to 10,000. They are also introduced to the concept of negative numbers.
Year 5 work with numbers to 100,000, developing rounding skills that were introduced in Year 4.
Year 6 work with numbers to one million. They secure their understanding of calculating with decimals.
You can download our Maths Policy as well as our Calculation Policy from this page. These will tell you what maths looks like at Lakeside. If you need any further information or would like to ask any questions, please contact us.