Mathematics Statement of Intent
Maths is a vital part of everyday life: it teaches children how to make sense of the world around them. It develops their ability to calculate but more importantly, to solve problems. Numbers are one way that we communicate between ourselves about our world; therefore, we need to understand what numbers represent, how numbers are used and how to describe the world mathematically.
At Knightlow, our children have access to a high quality maths spiral curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable. We provide our children with a variety of mathematical opportunities, which will then enable them to make the links needed to enjoy greater depth in learning. We strive to teach maths through creative and active teaching methods, ensuring our children are excited to learn about maths and remember the experiences. Our active maths sessions also allow the children to work on their quick, mental recall of mathematic facts. The children, in lessons, have ample opportunity to work on their varied fluency, ensuring that formal methods are retained and applied.
We want our children to develop independent problem solving skills in maths and to become confident mathematicians who aren’t afraid to take risks. In each lesson the children have access to a range of resources (Concrete and pictorial representations) to ensure that they are gaining a deep and rooted understanding of mathematical concepts. The children are given opportunities to talk about their maths, making links to other areas and asking questions to address misconceptions. This approach and emphasis on practical work also allows our children to transfer the new knowledge to new contexts more readily.