"A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject." (The National Curriculum, September 2014).
At Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary School we strive to provide a curriculum which is both rich and thorough. We aim to ensure children acquire and become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately when problem solving. Speaking and listening is a priority of the curriculum and ensures opportunities for pupils to develop their mathematical vocabulary as well as reasoning and explanation skills through open ended investigations and high quality dialogue and discussion.
Daily practice of number facts gives pupils the opportunity to be able to recall facts at speed. Pupils have the opportunity to participate in Maths Challenges each term, which test their speedy recall of number facts and multiplication tables.
Children's progress is regularly assessed (Weekly Basic Skills Tests, Termly White Rose Arithmetic and Reasoning or NFER Assessments) and lessons are planned to have appropriate levels of challenge and support.
The Maths Curriculum is made up of the following areas:
• Number (including place value, the four operations and fractions, decimals, percentages) – pupils learn to read, write, order numbers, count, add, subtract divide, multiply and solve problems involving the four operations, fractions, decimals and percentages.
• Algebra – pupils learn to explore number patterns, develop their understanding and using symbols to represent number values.
• Measurement – pupils learn to use measures in length, mass, capacity, volume and area. They also handle money and tell the time.
• Geometry – pupils learn about both 2d and 3d shapes, angle, position and direction.
• Statistics – pupils learn to collect, represent and interpret data as well as probability.
Whole school theme days and weeks
Throughout each academic year we have whole school theme weeks or days linked to Mathematics and other areas of the curriculum such as Maths Challenge Week, Number Day, Money Week, etc.. These weeks are used to excite and engage pupils and develop further a cross curricular approach where skills can be adopted across a range of subject areas. Parents are always informed and invited to join us on various occasions.
Feedback from Parents
"It was great to see the children learning Maths. It helps to see what techniques and resources are used in school so we can use the same approach at home." (Year 1)
"Thank you for inviting us and giving us insights on how to solve different types of Maths problems with our children." (Year 2)
"It was lovely to be here today. I wish to do more problem solving sessions with my son." (Year 3)
"A good opportunity to see first hand how the children are learning. Really enjoyed it!" (Year 4)
"I really enjoyed this session. It was challenging for both children and parents. Great experience!" (Year 5)
"I enjoyed coming into school to see how children engage in Maths learning. It also gave me some good ideas for practicing maths at home with my child." (Year 6)