Mathematics is not only an important part of the school curriculum but is also an essential part to everyday life. Mathematics and numeracy are continually used on a day to day basis and as a result both students and adults have a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips.
Mathematics at English Martyrs is taught in a variety of ways but at its heart is a desire to make it exciting, accessible and challenging so that all students are able to achieve their full potential. Students at English Martyrs study a broad range of topics within mathematics: - Number, Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures and Handling Data. They are taught direct skills but also encouraged to develop their problem solving and reasoning skills both independently and within groups. Students develop these skills through listening, discussing and verbalising their understanding. They are involved in written work, creating posters, using equipment and using ICT to develop their knowledge and understanding.
Students have a wide range of equipment at their disposable to experience the real hands on experience of mathematics. This ranges from the traditional rulers and calculators to cubes, building bricks, money, counters, dominoes, games, 2d shapes which can be joined to make 3d shapes allowing pupils to develop their spatial awareness. In Key Stage 2 pupils have their own individual maths pack containing a range of equipment and wipe clean white boards. Students are given opportunity to take part in a range of activities which help develop their knowledge and understanding including the Primary Maths Challenge, the NSPCC Number Day, RMEasimaths (online maths development) and Maths Murder Mysteries and an Investigation Day as well as the traditional maths lessons.
Mathematics is a core subject and is taught daily to all pupils throughout the school. It is taught as a discrete subject as well as through cross-curricular topics. Mathematics is accessible to everyone regardless of cultural or linguistic boundaries and tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. We endeavour to ensure that children develop an enthusiastic attitude to mathematics and insist on its application to everyday life.
We aim to:
- develop a confidence in and an enthusiasm for mathematics.
- encourage pupils to challenge themselves.
- develop pupils' mathematical concepts, skills and knowledge
- develop children's confidence and competence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
- emphasise the importance of, and the ability to perform mental calculations
- provide opportunities for pupils to use and apply their numeracy skills in a wide range of situations
- provide opportunities for mathematical thinking and discussion
- develop an understanding of numeracy through a process of enquiry and experiment