Maths – Intent Statement
At Wren Park, maths is recognised as an essential life skill. We believe that all children should leave their primary education equipped with the skills to become independent mathematicians who are able to apply their learning to the wider world. Underpinning this aspiration is our belief that all children can achieve in maths.
The main aims of the National Curriculum are to provide children with the opportunity to:
Become fluent in calculating and basic skills.
Reason using mathematical thinking, knowledge and vocabulary.
Problem solve by applying their understanding to a range of new and abstract concepts.
Have a deeper understanding of their learning.
Our teaching of maths is designed to provide children with opportunities to embed and enrich their understanding of the maths curriculum as well as foster a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. We want our children to develop a rich understanding of maths vocabulary and understanding through enquiry and experiment. We acknowledge the importance of linking maths to real-life contexts so that it is more meaningful for the children. Within our teaching of maths we are committed to ensuring high expectations of all children so that they can develop their resilience, perseverance and determination – skills which can be transferred to all areas of the curriculum.
Our maths teaching is sequenced and systematic in nature, enabling children to become fluent and agile in their understanding of maths concepts. They develop maths concepts from concrete, to pictoral using formal and informal methods so they can ultimately tackle more abstract work involving very large and very small numbers with secure understanding of the basics of place value and the four rules of number. They are taught to see links between concepts, develop their logic, reasoning and problem solving skills. Children learn through play and investigation making links between their learning and solving problems.
Children’s understanding and enjoyment in maths is crucial to unlock the doors to other areas of the curriculum and indeed life opportunities. Design, technology, sport, science, engineering, and the arts are all linked to the successful understanding of maths concepts in some form.
Shape, space, measure, data handling and problem solving bridges the gap between maths being a discrete subject and its wider importance within our lives. We hope to inspire children to see maths as a foundation and a springboard to successful learning in other areas of the curriculum.
Our aim is for all children at Wren Park to become motivated, skilled and independent learners - who love maths!