At Milldown CE Academy we believe that mathematics is a tool for life and that in life we all need to be able to communicate mathematically.
With this in mind, we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards maths through a high quality and engaging mathematics curriculum.
Since the introduction of the new curriculum in 2014, our approach to maths education has changed. We have adopted a teaching for mastery approach and consequently developed a maths curriculum which means that:
– we have high expectations for every child.
– each year group covers fewer topics but in greater depth.
– number sense and place value come first.
– we use objects and pictures to introduce new learning.
– challenge is provided through an increase depth, rather than acceleration through new content.
In September 2017, we introduced the use of ‘Maths? – No Problem!’ across the school- a scheme with a highly structured approach to teaching maths that aims to deepen the understanding of all children.
All children in all year groups are now increasingly required to reason, problem solve and discuss methods in lessons which are more carefully structured to allow children to build on previous learning in small, ordered steps.
The ‘fundamental ideas’ video which can be found by following the link below explains our approach and why maths mastery is important.
Maths homework, based on the development of fluent recall of number facts, is set every three weeks. However, in addition, please also look for other ways in which you can help to develop their maths skills and knowledge out of school by:
– looking for and talking about maths around you (for example: time, money, measure).
– asking them to explain how they have found solutions to problems (both mathematical and non-mathematical).
– working with them to complete/play any extra tasks or challenges that they bring home as this will give you an additional insight into the work that they have been doing in class.