Maths @ Southbury
Mathematics is ‘essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment’ (National Curriculum, September 2013).
Our aim at Southbury Primary School is for our children to develop competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills to become successful mathematicians. Maths at Southbury is focused on the three aims of the 2014 national curriculum so that all children:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so that develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, look for patterns, and articulating their ideas, justifying and explaining their thinking using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their knowledge and skills to a variety of problems, breaking them down into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
Through carefully planned lessons and activities, we endeavour to instil a ‘sense of enjoyment and curiosity’ about mathematics in all children. Our Maths teaching is centred around a vocabulary rich approach and use of concrete resources such as counters, Numicon, bead strings and fraction boards wherever possible.
The children are ability grouped and taught through daily maths lessons. We place emphasis on the learning of times tables and expect that by the end of year 4, children will know by heart all tables up to and including x12. Each child from Year 2 onwards has their own ‘Times Table Rock Star’ account which enables them to practise at home.
*Click in the menu to watch our children teach you how to use the four operations to solve mathematical questions*