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'The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.' Paul Halmos

Miss Phillips is our Mathematics Subject Lead.

At Wrenbury, we follow the new 'National Curriculum' for mathematics. Numeracy lessons incorporate a mixture of practical experiences, problem solving and formal written work. At the heart of our children's mathematical development are the foundation for securing mathematical knowledge and the strategies for calculation. By linking our mathematical studies to everyday situations, wherever possible, the children increase their understanding of the subject, develop skills to solve problems and knowledge in all areas of mathematics.

Our aims are for our children to:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, 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 breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
  • Use mathematics across the curriculum including in science, technology, computing, art, wherever possible
  • Develop mathematicians who have a positive attitude and resilience towards their learning in mathematics.

    What and how we teach Mathematics
    In EYFS, teachers follow Development Matters and provide practical, concrete experiences and an enabling environment, both indoors and outdoors, to support the foundations in number, shape, space and measure.

    Children in EYFS have a range of mathematical experiences: teacher-led, child-led and within continuous provision.

    Our teaching and learning for Mathematics in KS1 and KS2 is developed from the National Curriculum as a starting point for all planning and we use the Mastery Approach. Teachers utilise a range of resources, including the Whiterose Hub, NCETM, NRich, Times tables Rock Stars and Teach Active to plan a sequence of learning to reach the expected outcomes for the year group.

    Children in KS1 and 2 are taught through daily, high quality lessons to embed basic skills, fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Key vocabulary is introduced and displayed on learning walls to be referred to and to support teaching and learning.Teachers follow the concrete, pictorial and abstract sequence to embed concepts and develop pupil's understanding. AfL is used to inform next steps for planning in order to meet the needs of the pupils.

    As mixed aged classes make up the school structure and these change yearly, the end points for outcomes are: end of EYFS; end of KS1 and end of KS2. Statutory assessments determine the success of the curriculum and the outcomes for pupils at Wrenbury. By the time they leave primary school, our aim is for our children to be confident and capable mathematicians.

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