Maths at SKA
Mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. At SKA we aim to provide children with a positive attitude towards mathematics and competence and confidence in their own mathematical knowledge and understanding, giving our pupils the ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
We want to arm our children at SKA with the ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life. In all year groups we use cross curricular opportunities, including research into mathematical origins, to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. Our pupils at SKA understand the importance of mathematics, and are encouraged to be confident in the subject to apply the skills that they learn to puzzles and problems.
Maths Long Term and Medium term Planning
To ensure consistency and coverage across the new maths curriculum, the school is using White Rose planning tools. These formats support teachers in making appropriate decisions as to the teaching and learning opportunities they are designing for their class.
SMSC in Mathematics at SKA
The study of mathematics enables our students to make sense of the world around them and we strive at SKA to enable each of our students to explore the connections between their mathematics skills and every-day life. Developing deep thinking and an ability to question the way in which the world works promotes the spiritual growth of our students. At SKA students are encouraged to see the sequences, patterns, symmetry and scale both in the man-made and the natural world and to use maths as a tool to explore it more fully.
The moral development of students is an important thread running through the mathematics curriculum at SKA. Students are provided with opportunities to use their maths skills in real life contexts, applying and exploring the skills required in solving various problems
Problem solving skills and teamwork are fundamental to SKA mathematics through creative thinking, discussion, explaining and presenting ideas. Our students are always encouraged to explain concepts to each other and support each other in their learning. At SKA students realise their own strengths and feel a sense of achievement which often boosts confidence. Over time they become more independent and resilient learners.
Mathematics is a universal language with a myriad of cultural inputs throughout the ages. Various approaches to mathematics from around the world are used and this provides an opportunity to discuss their origins. We try to develop an awareness at SKA of both the history of maths alongside the realisation that many topics we still learn today have travelled across the world and are used internationally.
How our 4 school values are evidenced in mathematics...
We strive to do our best!
You can master maths simply by showing dedication.
Our pupils take time each day to practise mathematics until the concepts are embedded. Pupils practise their times table and arithmetic skills daily and are exposed to reasoning and problem solving. All are encouraged to strive to be the best mathematician that they can possibly be! We encourage our pupils to be dedicated and never give up.
We achieve success!
Aspiration is, “a hope or ambition of achieving something.”
Through regular verbal and written feedback, our pupils are encouraged to learn from any mistakes and to be successful in all areas of maths. Pupil's progress in mathematics is shared and celebrated in class. Pupils are role models to their peers, and through peer mentoring help and guide each other so that there is 'Success for All'!
We work together as a team!
Good mathematicians collaborate and communicate. We encourage our pupils to work productively with their peers, valuing different points of view when working together through reasoning and problem solving tasks. We teach our pupils when to know to seek help, when to support others, when to speak up and when to compromise during maths sessions.
We are excited about our learning!
Through offering a wide range of learning experiences in mathematics, our pupils are excited to learn new mathematical concepts and revisit previous learning. Our pupils are excited to take part in whole school weekly mathematics competitions and showcase their talents in assembly.