Approaches to Mathematics
Our vision at Altofts Junior School is for all children to develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude to maths that will act as a foundation for the next stage of their education and adult life; to enable them to develop the essential mathematical life skills required for most forms of employment, financial literacy and the challenges that the world presents. We want all of our children to:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including persevering in seeking solutions.
How we aim to achieve our vision:
We provide a Maths Mastery curriculum developed to ensure every child can succeed in mathematics. Lessons are broken down into small connected steps that gradually unfold the concept, providing access for all children and leading to a generalisation of the concept and the ability to apply the concept to a range of contexts, key features include:
Deeper understanding - Pupils are given time and opportunities to fully explore mathematical concepts. The challenge comes from investigating ideas in new and complex ways – rather than accelerating through new topics.
Representation – Concrete materials, pictures as well as abstract numbers and symbols are used to represent ideas and make connections in different ways. This develops understanding and problem solving skills – while making lessons engaging and fun.
Problem-solving - Enabling learners to solve new problems in unfamiliar contexts is the ultimate aim of mathematics education. Identifying, applying and connecting ideas enables pupils to tackle new and more complex problems.
Mathematical language - Mathematical language strengthens conceptual understanding by enabling pupils to explain and reason. This is carefully introduced and reinforced through frequent discussion to ensure it is meaningfully understood.
Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject