At Farcet, we believe that Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.
Our aims are:
- to promote enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
- to promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number
- system and secure mental strategies;
- to develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and
- reasoning in a range of contexts;
- to develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented;
- to explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts;
- to understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
Pupils at Farcet Primary School will leave Year 6:
- able to calculate with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies to take responsibility for their own learning including self-monitoring and correcting their own errors;
- with a love of problem solving and a desire to collaborate with others;
- with an interest in mathematical words and their meanings; developing a growing mathematical vocabulary to articulate their responses in discussion and reasoning skills;
- understanding a range of mental and written strategies;
- able to choose and efficient method of calculation appropriate to the situation;
- using their fluency, reasoning and problem solving in diverse situations.
Our pupils need to develop efficient yet confident written methods. We understand the pedagogy behind calculation, especially that children need to be secure in all of the stages of calculation before using the more formal methods (e.g. ignoring addition on a number line and focusing on column addition). Models and images are used to support the learning of calculation at all stages, e.g. Dienes to support the progression to decomposition (column subtraction).