At Hobletts Manor Infant and Nursery School we believe Mathematics is a way of communicating that allows us to make sense of the world around us. Young children are natural learners. They construct mathematical ideas based on their experiences with their environment, their interactions with adults and other children and their daily observations. They approach new tasks with curiosity and a sense of experimentation. By developing their ability to calculate, communicate, reason and problem solve, children learn to appreciate that Maths can be an exciting and stimulating subject to learn which has relevance to their own everyday lives.
Our aims for our Learning and Teaching within Mathematics are to enable children to:
Develop positive attitudes to mathematics, recognising that it can be both useful and enjoyable.
Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.
Develop the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
Independently select and use a range of mathematical resources and effectively use a range of recording methods.
Develop the ability to think logically and reason mathematically using mathematical language effectively and confidently.
To solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding whilst valuing the process of enquiry as well as the answer.
In Key Stage One, high quality maths lessons are planned using the Herts ‘ESSENTIALmaths materials’. This supports the teaching of mastery maths with an emphasis on the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) approach to learning. Across the school, children are encouraged to work practically, using manipulatives to build as secure foundation for future mathematics learning.
"Herts for Learning subject experts have designed an easy to pick up and use set of sequences with step by step guidance covering the entire mathematics curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6. Designed to support teachers, the planning includes examples of how concrete and pictorial representations can benefit pupils’ learning as well as other mastery techniques. The new ESSENTIALmaths planning tool has a wealth of ideas to deepen and extend mathematical thinking for all learners.
The ESSENTIALmaths sequences have been design to benefit schools, teachers and pupils delivering carefully planned progression that ensures consistency. The inbuilt examples of what children should be able to achieve through destination questions allows teachers to keep assessing and informing the children’s learning against age-related expectations. In addition, the fun and easily adaptable games, activities and resources are built in, saving time for teachers enabling them to reinvest their valuable time and focus on the needs of their pupils." www.hertsforlearning.co.uk/news/essentialmaths