Maths intent statement
Mathematics is a universal language that enables understanding of the world, and is an integral part of our curriculum as it provides essential life skills. With this is mind, the purpose of Mathematics at The Gates Primary School is to develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately. All children are challenged and encouraged to excel in Maths and gain enjoyment through a growing self-confidence in their ability. Maths is planned for and embedded within the wider curriculum with a focus on applying skills in real life contexts. Reading links are evident through story-based learning in younger year groups and inference skills are applied and consolidated when solving worded problems. New mathematical concepts are introduced using a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach; enabling all children to experience hands-on learning when discovering new mathematical topics, and allows them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding. This is supported through the use of engaging technology, which allows children to receive instant feedback, unpicking misconceptions at the point of learning. Arithmetic and basic math skills are practised daily to ensure key mathematical concepts are embedded and children can recall this information to see the links between topics in Maths. Pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. In Early Years, we equip children with the basic skills needed to become confident and able mathematicians, with a solid understanding of number and shape space and measure. The skills are then built on throughout the school in a systematic, sequential way.