At Woodfield, we believe that mathematics is a fundamentally important area of the curriculum. Maths gives children the opportunity to investigate, reason and solve problems and also gives them the tools to use across other areas of the curriculum. Our teaching of maths encourages children not only to understand how to work mathematically, but also why different mathematical methods work; this enables children to develop a deeper understanding of the subject and to apply their maths more confidently and with better understanding in a wider range of contexts. Maths enriches other subjects and enables children to see their mathematical learning put to use in other areas, whether this is measuring axles accurately when making a vehicle in DT, understanding position and direction when reading a map in orinteering in PE or understanding a timeline of past events in history.
The maths curriculum at Woodfield has been planned to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to work practically with a range of equipment to help their understanding of mathematical concepts. We follow a concrete-visual-abstract approach as children's understanding develops within a concept. Initially, when children are first introduced to a new concept they are supported by concrete apparatus, for example using a tens frame and double sided counters to add two single digit numbers beyond 10. We use a wide range of equipment to help children develop a secure understanding of mathematical concepts; we believe that equipment such as numberlines, tens frames, part/whole models, place value equipment, etc. can help children to 'see' how maths works. They then move on to a pictorial representation, e.g. drawing a numberline to show adding two numbers beyond 10. Finally, when they are secure, they move to abstract representation, for example recording only a number sentence and the answer.
(Eg of CVA 10 frame - number line - calculations)
Our maths curriculum has been planned to include opportunities to solve problems in all areas of the subject at each Key Stage; this could involve the children in solving word problems using addition and subtraction, finding out how well the new playground equipment is being used and then graphing the information they've collected or working practically to put a selection of items in weight order. We also ensure that key aspects of the subject are returned to several times; each time at a deeper level to ensure that children develop their understanding through all areas of the subject. In this way, children are prepared well for future stages of learning where they will meet these aspects of maths again in new contexts.
Throughout all of the maths curriculum, children are expected to use the 7Rs of learning. For example, they need to take risks to try new, more efficient ways of calculating or when using new maths equipment. Every problem they in maths requires them to be resourceful and use their reasoning skills and, when they come up against challenges, they will need to be resilient until they solve the problem. The 7Rs are very powerful learning tools for all children in maths; their use encourages the children to be logical, creative, independent learners.
We endeavour to ensure that the maths curriculum we provide inspires children to be excited about maths, solve problems with a 'have a go' attitude and develop good fluency within their work in order that they can apply their mathematical learning with confidence.
Parents' Maths Information Sessions
In order for parents to feel well supported in helping children with their maths at home, we run sessions for parents where we show you how we use the equipment in school. We also offer parents the chance to purchase maths equipment to use at home to support the children's learning.