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Maths

Mathematics is a life skill.  It is an essential element of communication, widely used in society, both in everyday situations and in the world of work.  

A daily mathematics lesson of 40 – 60 minutes is taught in Year 1 – 6.  EYFS is used for children at the foundation stage.  At this stage pupils experience mathematics on a daily basis.  This early introduction to mathematics will generally be undertaken orally and often in the context of a class theme, e.g. a particular story.  Opportunities for mathematics are developed through daily routines and all areas of learning.  Pupils are generally taught in classes according to their year group and ability; the skills acquired in the numeracy lesson are then applied across the curriculum.

Aims

  • To equip pupils with the mathematics they need to become numerate.
  • To develop their ability to apply mathematical skills with confidence and understanding when solving problems.
  • To enable pupils to express themselves and their ideas using the language of mathematics with assurance.
  • To develop positive attitudes to mathematics, recognising that mathematics can be both useful and enjoyable. 
  • To nurture a fascination and excitement of mathematics
  • To be able to use and apply the skills in other curricular areas.

Morning Maths

Every morning from September to May before the school day begins, children in the Upper Phase (Y5/Y6) and Middle Phase (Y3/4) attend morning maths sessions.  Children in Y2 are invited to attend from Term 2 onwards. These invaluable sessions allow the children to practise their mathematical skills with help from their teachers, TAs or indeed their friends.  The four rules of number are practised every day.  These sessions also enable the children to use and practise the many mental maths skills they will need in everyday life. Since the morning maths club was established, we have seen a significant rise in the attainment of children in the KS2 SATs!

Teaching and Learning

In order to provide the children with active and stimulating learning experiences, a variety of teaching and learning opportunities are adopted:-

  • Children may work individually on a task, in pairs or in a small group, depending on the nature of the activity.
  • Wherever possible practical ‘real’ activities are used to introduce concepts and reinforce learning objectives.
  • Opportunities to transfer skills learnt, to real situations, are used whenever possible.
  • Activities are planned to encourage the full and active participation of all pupils.
  • Teachers differentiate tasks throughout the lesson in order to meet the needs of all abilities. 
  • Teachers place a strong emphasis on correct use of mathematical language; this is supported by key vocabulary being displayed.
  • Teachers value pupils’ oral contributions and create an ethos in which all children feel they can contribute. 

Gifted and Talented

Every year in the summer term, St Mary’s take at least one team of Year 5 children to the Challenge Day at St Joseph’s Catholic College to compete against teams from the other primary feeder schools.  Complex problems, in the form of puzzles and quizzes, are given to stretch and challenge each team.  Only the bold and the brave need apply to enter!

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St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is the trading name of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (Academy Trust), Swindon, registered in England and Wales under 07697658, registered office Bessemer Road East, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1PE

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