Mathematics is all around us; it underpins much of our daily lives and our futures as individuals and collectively. Considerable importance is attached to the children achieving and understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills. A favourable attitude is encouraged by presenting it in an interesting and enjoyable way, allowing the children to actively participate in the learning process, thus creating a sense of achievement and confidence. There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in real life situations.
Maths is taught through a daily maths lesson and class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subjects throughout the year.
As the Secretary of State for Education said last year:
‘… mathematical understanding is critical to our children’s future. Our economic future depends on stimulating innovation, developing technological breakthroughs, making connections between scientific disciplines. And none of that is possible without ensuring more and more of our young people are mathematically literate and mathematically confident. Mathematical understanding underpins science and engineering, and it is the foundation of technological and economic progress. As information technology, computer science, modelling and simulation become integral to an ever-increasing group of industries, the importance of maths grows and grows.’
Not, "I can't do it," but, "I can't do it YET! "
At Brixham C of E we approach maths with a GROWTH MINDSET, whereby we believe that EVERY child is capable of learning and achieving in maths. A positive attitude to maths allows the children to be more resilient and determined. Research shows that those children that have a growth mindset develop more connections in their brain than those with a fixed mindset. Especially when they struggle with a problem or make a mistake! Therefore we continually strive to challenge the children to move beyond their comfort zone in order to promote a persevering, growth mindset attitude to maths learning.
'The key to understanding maths is making sense of it. Many students believe that math is a set of formulas that have to be remembered – this belief is associated with low achievement. Maths is a very creative subject that is, at its core, about visualizing patterns and creating solution paths that others can see, discuss and critique.'
Jo Boaler, Research and Development of Growth Mindset at Stanford University
Rebecca (Y6) 'I like the challenges. You get to work as a group- you get ideas from other people you might not think of’
Amelia (Y6) ‘I like working with other people, they can help and we have each other to learn from… I think working with someone helps both of us. You have to stop and go through things in a slower process and it makes you stop and think and see if you’ve made mistakes’
Corey (Y6) ‘I like it when we get to mix subjects like drawing with maths’
Can you pass the primary school maths test?
Only one-in-20 British adults can correctly answer all 10 of these primary school maths questions. How would you do?See videos below with step by step guidance for you to help your child/ren at home: