Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. National Curriculum
A sound understanding of Mathematics is essential to the development of our children. Maths is taught daily in class using the established and successful methods of mental strategies and key concepts to help children understand the basic principles of the four mathematical processes. At Ashford we have integrated the curriculum into a range of subjects to further develop and embed our children's understanding.
We believe that the quality and variety of mathematical vocabulary pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their mathematical justification, argument and proof. They must be assisted in making their thinking clear to themselves as well as others. At Ashford we ensure that pupils build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions.
Our aims in teaching Mathematics are that children will:
We aim to develop these areas through a range of practical and formal methods to enable a deeper understanding of Mathematics.
It is important to their understanding of maths that the children see maths at work in their daily lives. Children benefit when parents take a keen interest in their mathematical learning. At home children should practise their tables and mental maths at every opportunity.
Each child has an individual log in to Mathletics where they have access to a range of games suited to their year group. As part of their homework teachers will set challenges to be completed on the website to reinforce and embed their learning.
Children also benefit from dice and board games, card games, talking about pocket money, pointing out shapes and patterns, looking at time and even check out the football scores.