Mathematics is important in everyday life. Many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy and public decision making, in many different cultures, have contributed to the development and application of mathematics ...... and it can stimulate moments of wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time. Therefore …
…It is our intent that, by the time they leave Wilkinson Primary School, all our learners will: aspire to view mathematics as essential to everyday life, have a positive attitude towards the subject and to be successful in reasoning mathematically and solving complex problems, enjoying the subject, and making a good start in becoming fluent users of mathematics.
At Wilkinson Primary School our Mathematics Curriculum is designed with the intent that whilst studying the children will develop:
• A positive attitude to mathematics as an interesting and valuable subject.
• An ability to think clearly and logically in mathematics with confidence, independence of thought and flexibility of mind.
• An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.
• Persistence through a sustained piece of work, working both co-operatively, collaboratively and independently.
• Confidence in mathematics which will allow children to express ideas fluently, talk about the subject using the language of mathematics.
• An appreciation of when a task should be done quickly in one’s head and when it is reasonable to resort to pencil and paper or equipment.
• An understanding of the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
• An enthusiasm and enjoyment for maths and awareness that maths is fun!
Researching and developing the most recent thinking in mathematics is seen as key to the improvement of the subject at our school. Over the past year a unique early years numeracy scheme called Ten Town has been implemented which is designed to improve number recognition and formation from the foundation stage onwards. A comprehensive training programme, has also been completed, designed to develop our understanding and delivery of the latest teaching methods including the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) model of teaching and the problem solving method using bar models.