At Lingfield Prep our aims for the teaching and learning of Mathematics are based on our belief that all children should enjoy equal access to the provision of a high quality Mathematics curriculum that will encourage:
- a positive attitude towards, and an awareness of, the fascination of Mathematics
- competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
- an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately
- initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others
- an ability to communicate Mathematics
- an ability to use and apply Mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
Children will be encouraged to become independent learners, manage equipment and investigations and develop systematic methods of recording.
To ensure that our Mathematics teaching is effective we will use a variety of methods. Within Mathematics lessons there will be opportunities for:
- practical activities and mathematical games, including using numicon
- problem solving
- individual, group and whole class discussions and activities
- open and closed tasks
- a range of methods of calculating e.g. mental, pencil and paper
- using a calculator
- working with computers as a mathematical tool
- working with I-pads to develop mathematical ideas
There will be opportunities in class for children to work in ability groups and, when appropriate in mixed ability groups, so that children can experience different levels of activities. A Mathematics lesson of 45 – 60 minutes is taught in Year 1–6 at least 4 times a week. From Year 3 the children are split into ability sets, which are arranged at the end of Year 2 or by the first half-term of Year 3, depending on the needs of the children that year. The children are allocated to groups based on their assessment results. There is some scope to move sets as appropriate.
Some children will need individual support during mathematical activities for a variety of reasons. Children with special needs are supported by adults, paired work and/or booster groups (from Year 2). Extra-curricular mathematics groups for children in Key Stage 1 and 2 who are deemed to be particularly gifted in Mathematics, are held weekly. There are three groups: Years 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6. These groups focus particularly on thinking skills and Investigative Mathematics. The very top achieving pupils have the opportunity to take part in National competitions, run by ‘The Mathematical Association’ and ‘United Kingdom Mathematics Trust’. Children are also given the opportunity to take part in competitions hosted at other schools.