At St Luke’s, we aim to promote enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion; to promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system; to develop the ability to solve problems through decision making and reasoning in a range of contexts; to develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented; to explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts and to understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
Mathematics is taught daily from years 1 to year 6, with additional mathematics activities taking place through science and topic work wherever possible. Teachers’ planning is based upon the National Curriculum and Age Related Expectations. Medium Term Plans (MTPs) give details of the main teaching objectives and define what we teach. Age Related Expectations from the new National Curriculum have been broken down into stages which we are referring to as ‘Emerging’, ‘Developing’, ‘Secure’ and ‘Challenge’. Staff use these statements to plan and assess and move children’s learning forward.
Lessons on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday focus on number and place value, calculating and fractions, as well as algebra in Year 6. Lessons on Thursday and Friday focus on geometry, measures and statistics. Staff are encouraged to ensure that in each lesson there are opportunities for problem solving, developing number fluency, reasoning mathematically and extending mathematical vocabulary.