Maths teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child's ability to calculate, to communicate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern 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.
At Elm we aim to:
promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
develop mathematical skills and knowledge and quick recall of basic facts in line with the National Curriculum
promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system;
develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning
develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented; explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts;
develop an appreciation of the creative aspects of maths and awareness of its aesthetic appeal; understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
A balance of practical, investigative, oral and written activities is used throughout the school. Children are given opportunities for investigative work and problem solving, at all ages and levels, to develop their ability to apply mathematical skills to real life situations. A cross-curricular approach is used to provide first hand experience wherever appropriate. The children develop their mathematical language through opportunities to question and explain their activities and in discussion with the teacher, support staff and each other.