"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."
"No employment can be managed without arithmetic, no mechanical invention without geometry."
Mathematics is about thinking and describing, analysing and creating – it has changed the world. It can stimulate moments of awe and wonder as learners notice a connection or pattern for the first time. It encourages independence and the ability to make decisions based on evidence, reasoning and logic. We want pupils at Ivy Bank Primary school to experience the enjoyment of mathematics and cultivate a sense of curiosity about the subject whilst developing a clear understanding.
Every pupil has a statutory entitlement to learn Mathematics and at Ivy Bank we want to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to become the best mathematicians they can. We want our pupils to be numerically able but also keen problem solvers and keen thinkers.
At Ivy Bank Primary School we aim to foster positive can do attitudes and we promote the fact that ‘We can all do Maths!’ We want all children to have the opportunity to achieve in Mathematics and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through small manageable steps. Problem solving is an essential part of learning and we provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems. Mistakes made in our school are seen as learning opportunities and the children are not afraid to have a go. At our school, the majority of children will be taught the content from their year group only. They will spend time becoming true masters of that content, applying it and building on their previous knowledge.
We aim for all pupils to:
- Have a solid, concrete understanding of subject knowledge and skills.
- Be able to solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge to a variety of problems, including in unfamiliar contexts and real-life scenarios.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using correct mathematical language.
- Have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately allowing children to be successful in Mathematics.
The teaching of Mathematics follows the NCETM Prioritisation Documents and EYFS Development Matters. There is a clear progression of knowledge and skills through the years and allows opportunity to support any gaps in learning. These skills and knowledge is built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for our children. All learning is relevant and linked to real life situations when possible and nothing is taught without a clear purpose.
We encourage parents to play an active role in supporting your child through their mathematical journey. Children will be encouraged to complete homework tasks each week which will aim to consolidate their current learning. Children will also have access to a range of websites such as TT Rockstars and Maths Seeds which they can easily access at home.
Ivy Bank's Calculation Guidance gives an overview of the different methods the children will be taught and progression within each style of calculation. A copy can be found on the Maths Curriculum page.