Mathematics at Coten End
Mathematics 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.
Mathematics is a core subject with a range of cross-curricular links, especially through the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) 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 following an approach towards achieving 'Mastery' of mathematics.
At its core, a mastery approach rejects the idea that some children can’t do maths. It recognises that by nurturing positive attitudes and building confidence in mathematics, all children can achieve.
Concepts are built in small, logical steps and are explored through clear mathematical structures and representations. Children are taught together as a whole class and the focus is on depth - not acceleration - so that all children have a chance to embed learning. Teaching is supported by high-quality resources which present the flow of lessons coherently and provide opportunities for plenty of intelligent practice.
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 inquiry 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.
Mr N Williams and Mrs N Leadbeater
KS2 and KS1 Mathematics Subject Leaders