Subject Leader: Mr Minnet
The National Curriculum (2014) sees Maths as essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Maths at Caedmon
Traditionally maths has been delivered through the memorisation of key facts and procedures. This approach has the potential to lead to shallow, superficial understandings which can be easily forgotten and which do not allow children to demonstrate their true understandings of their mathematical knowledge.
The intent of the mathematical strategy adopted at Caedmon is to expose all children to mathematically rich learning environments that support children in developing and applying their mathematical understandings to real life problems and contexts. The children at Caedmon describe maths lessons as fun, enjoyable and challenging with lessons ‘making us think’. Children also recognise that maths lessons ‘prepare us for future jobs and careers in the work place’ and ‘help us to learn skills for our lives’.
The strategy in school is centred on developing a strong and reliable core of foundational mathematical fluency knowledge beginning in EYFS through allowing children opportunities to experience and explore maths in the world around them through explorative investigation and experimentation. The curriculum intent is firmly rooted in children establishing concrete understandings of mathematical properties, relationships and more importantly the connections between each aspect of their learning within the maths curriculum.
Throughout school the intent is to develop confident and resilient mathematicians who are able to accurately draw upon a range of resources (human, physical and mental) and strategies to represent mathematical understandings in different ways through the use of concrete manipulatives, pictorial representations and abstract mathematical methods. Our intention is to expose all children to high quality mathematical vocabulary to further their understandings and their ability to discuss their understandings of maths in order to tackle word based problem solving and reasoning activities. At Caedmon our goal is to develop mathematically independent and resilient children who are able to confidently demonstrate a deep, conceptual cumulative understanding of mathematics, challenge and question one another’s understandings and inquisitively and enthusiastically investigate the different areas of the maths curriculum.