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Mathematics

Our aim at Gilbert Colvin is for children to achieve mastery of mathematical concepts and be confident when manipulating numbers and ideas.  Through providing children with rich and varied tasks, they are given the opportunity to apply their learning in new and challenging contexts and in a variety of ways.

The purpose of mathematics in our school is to develop:

- a positive attitude towards mathematics and to harness enjoyment and curiosity about the subject

- an awareness of how the mathematics fits in to the real world

- an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately

- an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment

The three aims of the National Curriculum are at the heart of how we teach mathematics and are incorporated into every lesson.  These aims are:

- Fluency: children should become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately

- Reasoning: reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument or justification using mathematical language

- Problem Solving: solve problems by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics Mastery

Times Tables

Times tables play an important role in mathematics and if children know them well, they are able to calculate efficiently and make connections between greater numbers, such as 7 x 8 = 56, so 70 x 80 = 7600.  We use ‘transitions’, which is a 30-second activity that takes place when children are moving from the carpet to the table during the lesson or in between tasks, and in this time, they sing times tables songs or do call and response activities with the teacher.  The transitions are snappy and provide children with lots of extra practice so that no learning time is wasted.

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