Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to communicate, to reason and to solve problems. Mathematics is taught daily and objectives are taken for each year group from the Mathematics National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Each term aspects of numeracy such as calculation, number and algebra, shape, space and measure and data handling are covered. We also place great emphasis on developing mental fluency and the children’s ability to apply strategies to problem solving.
At Perrymount, we support the Mastery Approach to mathematics. Children develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning and are able to solve non-routine maths problems using creative problem solving strategies. Teaching maths for mastery offers all pupils access to the full maths curriculum with emphasis on promoting a range of methods to solve problems whilst building self-confidence and resilience in children. The ‘Maths No Problem’ programme is used to support teaching in Year 1 to 4 and extended into Years 5 and 6 over the forthcoming years. Until then. Numeracy in Years 5 and 6 will be supported using the ‘Abacus’ programme.