Maths

Overview
Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many people to the development and application of mathematics.

Our school aims
To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion
To develop logical thinking and reasoning skills through a natural curiosity and investigative approach 
To promote confidence and competence so that children are ‘proud to shine’ about their achievements 
To develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of place value and numbers in daily lessons
To develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts with increasing independence
To develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented 
To explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts 
To understand the importance of mathematical skills in everyday life.

How
St Thomas’ uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons and our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. Our lessons are planned using the National Curriculum programme of study.

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

 Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
 Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
 Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Class teaching:

Each lesson is structured using the National Curriculum, which has 6 strands:

Numbers
Measurement
Geometry
Statistics (from Year 2)
Algebra (Year 6)
Ratio and proportion (Year 6)

It is a priority to make maths fun for the children so we use interactive games and as many real-life scenario questions as possible. It is important for the children to understand the importance of using mathematics in their daily lives and the effect it will have on their futures! We use maths all the time!

Maths Facts

Mathletics
At St Thomas, we subscribe to Mathletics, an interactive maths programme that encourages pupils to develop and practise their mathematical skills. Although there is a strong emphasis on using mental strategies, we also encourage pupils to use pencil and paper jottings, and calculators if appropriate.
All children have their own individual access to Mathletics so that they can access the site from home to continue the learning from the classroom. They can also challenge their peers in live maths activities.

Mathletics

Support at home

Fairlawn

Useful websites

Primary Games

Maths Zone

Top Marks

BBC Bite Size

Math Exercises

Primary Homework Help