Every Days a Learning Day 3 to 6 Ed Scot
Mathematics is important in our everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us and to manage our lives. Using mathematics enables us to model real-life situations and make connections and informed predictions. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions. Mathematics plays an important role in areas such as science or technologies, and is vital to research and development in fields such as engineering, computing science, medicine and finance. Learning mathematics gives children and young people access to the wider curriculum and the opportunity to pursue further studies and interests. Because mathematics is rich and stimulating, it engages and fascinates learners of all ages, interests and abilities. Learning mathematics develops logical reasoning, analysis, problem-solving skills, creativity and the ability to think in abstract ways. It uses a universal language of numbers and symbols which allows us to communicate ideas in a concise, unambiguous and rigorous way.
Mathematics equips us with many of the skills required for life, learning and work. Understanding the part that mathematics plays in almost all aspects of life is crucial.
This reinforces the need for mathematics to play an integral part in lifelong learning and be appreciated for the richness it brings.
At Rashielea it is our policy to provide an organised structure to mathematics with a balanced progression of work through which the child will work at his or her own rate according to ability. At each stage in the programme the emphasis will be placed initially on practical techniques before proceeding to written work for consolidation. Table drill and daily oral work are essential to encourage mental agility. We encourage Active Maths activities at all stages and there is an annual focus week on Financial Education. Towards the end of Primary 1 pupils are assessed and placed into groups. Thereafter work is then differentiated to meet the needs of all children.
Active Learning is the natural way children learn about their environment and their own capabilities. It enables them to exercise their imagination and extend their physical abilities. Play gives children the opportunity to try out new ideas and to solve problems.
Through active learning children can learn to concentrate, to work co-operatively and can establish a sense of achievement and self esteem.
Here at Rashielea we acknowledge the importance of play and the motivating factor it plays in the learning process.
There are two types of play:
- Free Play – where the children play spontaneously
Structured Play – where children think they are playing spontaneously but are actually ‘discovering’ exactly what the teacher wants them to discover through the learning situation she has structured at that particular activity.
Through structured play the teacher can target particular areas he/she wishes to foster:
- Development of mathematical concepts
- Development of scientific concepts
- Language development
- Physical skills
- Manipulating skills
- Problem solving
- Emotional development
- Social development