At Whitehall Park School, Maths is taught through a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach. Through the use of these key stages in their learning, each child forms the understanding of maths concepts and skills which they are learning and can apply them to a range of contexts. We believe that children must be supported in developing their understanding of Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding. They must be provided with opportunities to practise and extend their skills in these areas and to gain confidence and competence in their use.
Mathematics is an integral part of the world in which we live. It provides a means of communication which is powerful, concise and unambiguous. Mathematics is as much about the processes as it is about the answers, we believe that the answer is only the beginning!
Maths teaching and learning includes learning how to solve problems involving the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Importance is put onto the learning of number facts including number bonds and times tables facts in order to access such problems efficiently. Other number work includes understanding and using the place value system, understanding and manipulating fractions. Maths teaching and learning also includes learning about and exploring shape, space and measure as well as interpreting data including reading and constructing charts and graphs. A big emphasis is given to mathematical reasoning across the different areas of learning in maths. Planned opportunities for regular problem solving are a key element of maths teaching and learning at Whitehall Park.
At the point in which children have secured their expectations in certain areas of the curriculum -their thinking is challenged and extended through open ended, higher order questioning and problem solving activities. Here children experience elements of failure and frustrations, developing the resilience to find new ways and experience joy and success – an essential life skill which we value and encourage here at Whitehall Park.
Mental methods will be emphasised from an early age. Children will be directly taught and provided with regular opportunities to develop the different skills involved through the use of the maths meeting wall. These skills include:
- Recalling number facts
- Using known facts to solve additional facts
- Developing a repertoire of mental strategies
- Solving problems