At Saighton C.E. Primary School we believe that Mathematics is a way of communicating. It is a language through which ideas can be explained, explored and developed, and one through which relationships can be expressed, hypothesis made and tested and patterns identified.
Mathematics is a proficiency that involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires an understanding of the number system, a repertoire of computational skills and an inclination and ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts. Mathematics also demands practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring, and is presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
Our aims in teaching mathematics are that all children will:
• become numerate and tackle mathematical problems with confidence
• develop the skills which are needed to meet the demands of adult life
• develop the ability to think logically and clearly
• use mathematical language effectively and confidently
• develop positive attitudes to mathematics, recognising that mathematics can be both useful and enjoyable
• be able to use and apply the skills in other curricular areas.
The skills that children develop in Maths are linked to, and applied in, other subjects of our Curriculum. The children’s skills in calculating, measuring, understanding of shape and space, data handling and problem solving will enable them to access relevant areas of their work at school.
Parents are encouraged to support their children in their mathematical learning through various means. Some examples of which are set out in the calculation guide below.
As a school we will keep you informed of your children's progress in mathematics through parent meetings and the annual report. There are also opportunities to find out about new initiatives in mathematics and ways of calculating in Maths evenings that are held annually.