Children and staff at Hagbourne School enjoy maths. Across our school, Maths is taught and used in a rich variety of ways. We plan our maths teaching in accordance with the requirements of the new National Curriculum. Much of this is taught in the daily Maths lesson, but additional opportunities for developing investigational strategies are also provided. Mathematics at Hagbourne School provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.
In lessons, we ensure that children’s conceptual understanding is sound. They are encouraged to actively question and ask why things are true. We aim to enable children to develop a positive, confident attitude towards mathematics, an ability to think clearly and logically and an understanding of mathematics through the formation of secure concepts based on:
* Appropriate practical activities (and access to practical resources, models and images).
* The process of enquiry and investigation.
* Mathematical skills and knowledge and a quick recall of the basic facts.
* An ability to identify patterns and relationships in mathematics.
* An awareness of the uses and applications of mathematics in everyday situations.
* The ability to express ideas concisely using accurate mathematical language.
* The ability to select and use a range of mathematical tools.
* An enjoyment of mathematics for its own sake.
Mathematics is taught throughout the school using a range of strategies including whole-class, group and individual teaching. Tasks are differentiated by ability and children are encouraged and provided with opportunities to broaden and deepen their understanding of concepts and activities. Feedback is clearly and readily given to children both verbally and written in books. Children respond to this feedback regularly so as to move their learning on. They are encouraged to self-assess their own learning and progress so as to form part of the assessment process.
The aims of the National Curriculum are at the core of our Maths teaching and learning. Problem solving, reasoning and fluency are key. Children are given regular opportunities to solve problems, therefore fluently applying their knowledge and conceptual understanding, then reasoning about what, how and why.