Mathematics is important in our everyday lives. It allows us to make sense of our world and to manage our lives. It plays a key role in areas such as science and technology. In school we aim to allow children to experience success in mathematics and to develop the confidence to take risks, ask questions and explore alternative solutions without worrying about getting things wrong. Across the stages we plan active learning which provide opportunities to observe, explore, investigate, experiment, play, discuss and reflect. Mathematics is at its most powerful when the knowledge and understanding that have been developed are used to solve problems. Problem solving is at the heart of our learning and teaching.
The key areas of study in mathematics are:
•Number Money and Measurement
•Shape Position and Movement
In addition to teaching mathematics we plan to ensure that children develop their numeracy skills across the curriculum.
Numeracy is a vital skill that is important in everyday life. It is about being confident when solving problems, making decisions and analysing situations that involve numbers. In numeracy children will learn through active learning and purposeful play. They will develop problem solving capabilities through:
•Explaining their thinking
•Using relevant contexts and experiences
•Collaborating and learning independently