At Meole Brace C of E Primary School and Nursery we believe that Mathematics is an essential life skill and is used in every day life to cook, measure, build, shop and solve problems. We value the problem solving nature of the subject, and develop perseverance through investigation and discussion. Striving to develop a lifelong love of learning, we encourage questioning, and reasoning alongside explanation, to engage the children in the subject and acquire a depth of understanding.
Our carefully planned daily Maths lessons, ensure that all children make good progress through the lesson and throughout the year. An Assessment For Learning task at the start of lessons, or units, allows teachers to make careful assessments about where children are in their learning in order for work to be pitched to build on prior learning and provide challenge for those children who are ready to move on. Quality first teaching using appropriate models and images in line with the teaching for Mastery approach help the children to gain a sound understanding of the number system. Children progress through the curriculum developing their calculating skills, reasoning and fluency. A long term plan ensures that units are appropriately revisited enabling children to consolidate and build upon their prior learning.
Although Maths is a discrete part of the curriculum, to create interesting learning opportunities, we use context based activities, linked to topics, which may be, for example, History based. Using Maths across the other subjects, such as in Science or DT, allows the children to see the value of the subject, and how it can be used in practical ways within school and out in the wider community.
We have an enthusiasm and love for Maths, which we encourage the children to share.
Every child in each year group has a maths mat nearby during lessons, to help them to talk about and remember maths facts in their daily routine. Please see these attached below.
To find out more, please see our school's vision for Mathematics below.