Mathematics at Farnsfield St. Michael's aims to equip our pupils with the three aims of the National Curriculum:
Fluency - The children can recall number facts and methods with ease and know how and when to apply them.
Reasoning - The pupils can explain their mathematical thinking using precise vocabulary; both verbally and in writing.
Problem Solving - Children will develop the ability to solve real life problems and puzzles using their maths knowledge and skills.
We want children to be independent, confident and efficient mathematicians and will encourage them to make connections between mathematical ideas and the 'real world' applications. We value the use of concrete, pictorial and symbolic representations to help them understand mathematical concepts with increasing depth.
Years 1-4 are currently experiencing a mastery approach to mathematics, with children being taught in their own year group (even those children in our mixed age classes). This means all of the pupils experience the same maths lessons and activities which are carefully crafted and scaffolded to ensure that pupils move through the curriculum at "broadly the same pace" (National Curriculum 2014).
Extra challenge and opportunity to work in greater depth is given to all children - we have high expectations that everyone can achieve. Those children who need additional support, resources or practice will have access to these on a very regular basis.
Foundation Stage and Years 5 & 6 are working within their respective curricular and staff are incorporating many features of a mastery maths lesson to ensure that children receive a consistently great maths education.
All staff aim to make maths fun using games, songs, practical resources, internet resources apps on the iPads. The school buys into Mymaths.co.uk which can be accessed in school or at home and involves games, activities and home activities which introduce and reinforce learning.