Our Maths Vision:
Mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. It also provides the materials and means for creating new imaginative worlds to explore. Numeracy is a key life skill. Through our work at school in mathematics children will gain the knowledge and understanding to use confidently the skills needed to work within our world today.
Our Aims at St Meriadoc Junior Academy are to develop:
- An enjoyment of mathematics for all children whatever their needs, talents or cultural background via a positive attitude.
- Every individual's potential in mathematics by becoming independent, confident and logical thinkers with flexibility of mind.
- A positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of mathematics
- An ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
- Initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others
- An ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
- An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment
And for parents to:
- Be actively involved in their child’s mathematical learning in school and at home.
- Help, encourage and support their children to learn all their times tables up to and including 12 x 12.
- Practice the KIRF (Key Instant Recall Facts) Practice these every term, children will be assessed on their KIRF each Half-Term.
We are adopting a maths scheme called Power Maths to support our teaching of maths.
What is Power Maths?
Power Maths is a resource that has been designed for UK schools based on research and extensive experience of teaching and learning around the world and here in the UK. It has been designed to support and challenge all pupils, and is built on the belief that EVERYONE can learn maths successfully.
How will the lessons work?
Each lesson has a progression, with a central flow that draws the main learning into focus. There are different elements, informed by research into best practice in maths teaching, that bring the lessons to life:
- Discover – each lesson begins with a problem to solve, often a real-life example, sometimes a puzzle or a game. These are engaging and fun, and designed to get all children thinking.
- Share – the class shares their ideas and compares different ways to solve the problem, explaining their reasoning with hands-on resources and drawings to make their ideas clear. Children are able to develop their understanding of the concept with input from the teacher.
- Think together – the next part of the lesson is a journey through the concept, digging deeper and deeper so that each child builds on secure foundations while being challenged to apply their understanding in different ways and with increasing independence.
- Practice – now children practice individually or in small groups, rehearsing and developing their skills to build fluency, understanding of the concept and confidence.
- Reflect – finally, children are prompted to reflect on and record their learning from each session and show how they have grasped the concept explored in the lesson.
"Let the wise hear and increase in learning…"
Proverbs 1:5 ESV