Mathematics at Coten End
Maths is a vital part of everyday life: it teaches children how to make sense of the world around them. It develops their ability to calculate and solve problems. Numbers are one way that we communicate between ourselves about our world; therefore we need to understand what numbers represent, how numbers are used and how to describe the world mathematically.
Maths is a core subject with a range of cross-curricular links (e.g. data handling in Science, measures in Geography) but most often, is best taught discretely, using opportunities from other subjects to rehearse skills in a context. Mathematics involves developing confidence and competence in number work; geometry and measure; statistics and the using and applying of these skills.
At Coten End we firmly believe that all pupils deserve the highest quality “diet” of mathematical teaching and learning experiences. Children will learn individually, in pairs and in a group throughout their time at Coten End. They will also experience using a range of equipment, including ICT, to develop their mathematical understanding. We aim to ensure that all children are able to appreciate how Mathematics links to everyday life and we promote, in particular, the fundamental skills of time telling, weights and measures, money (including finding change) and reading and interpreting timetables.
As the children progress through school, we aim to develop their fluency in Mathematics by practising the fundamentals of calculating rapidly and accurately. Reasoning mathematically by following and explaining a line of enquiry will become an important aspect of weekly lessons, as will being able to solve routine and non-routine problems. By the time Coten End pupils leave year 6, we expect they will have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.