Maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. Great Maths teaching provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At Slindon, we believe that every child has a right to an education that develops their personality, talents and abilities to the full through a curriculum that is both meaningful and personal to them and arms them with an array of strategies to select from when solving mathematical problems. We strive to instil in our children the resilience and self-belief necessary to be confident individuals who possess the life skills they will require as they move on through their school life and ultimately to the world of employment. It is our aim that children see Maths as being relevant to their world and applicable to everyday life. We take every opportunity to utilise our wonderful outdoor environment as a tool through which we can deliver a high-quality, inter-related and creative Maths experience where children develop the ability to think mathematically and discuss their maths whilst gaining a deep body of knowledge.
Following the introduction of the new National Curriculum in 2014 the emphasis has been to ensure that all children:
o Become FLUENT
o REASON and EXPLAIN mathematically
o Can SOLVE PROBLEMS
This means that children need to be regularly exposed to opportunities involving increasingly complex problem solving which allows them to apply their Maths knowledge. In doing so they should be encouraged to develop an argument and line of enquiry which they can prove and justify using mathematical vocabulary. This includes the ability to break down problems, both routine and non-routine, into a series of steps.