What is Maths?
'Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected topic that is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore 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.' (DfE 2013)
How does it look at Shipton Bellinger?
The kind of maths that your child is doing at school may look very different to the kind of ‘sums’ you remember. Once upon a time, Maths lessons meant learning sets of numbers and rules without really knowing why methods worked – it was just ‘done that way’. Maths lessons today are much more creative and meaningful. We work hard to ensure that children have a real understanding of number to ensure they become fluent mathematicians. Although there are still some number facts that simply need to be memorised, the majority of mathematical concepts and skills are taught within a framework of activities, games or tasks that have a real context for your child, allowing them to see links between a concept and something they know. This allows pupils the opportunity to reason mathematically with the ability to notice relationships and to be able to justify their response, as well as solve problems in a variety of context allowing them to demonstrate a secure understanding and the notion of mastery.