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. Staff use these statements to plan and assess and move children’s learning forward. Teachers ensure that there are opportunities for problem solving, developing number fluency, reasoning mathematically and extending mathematical vocabulary.
Mathematics is taught daily in Early Years; this consists of a teacher led session, followed by Family Group learning and continuous provision throughout the day. Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. In addition, we believe it is important that the curriculum includes rich opportunities for children to develop their spatial reasoning skills across all areas of mathematics including shape, space and measures. Early Years practitioners ensure children develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, look for patterns and relationships, spot connections, ‘have a go’, talk to adults and peers about what they notice and are not afraid to make mistakes.