The Importance of Mathematics
Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them.
The National Curriculum for mathematics describes in detail what pupils must learn in each year group. At Springfield House School, a high proportion of pupils arrive with large gaps in their learning due to difficulties accessing the curriculum in their previous schools and/or because of significant periods where they have not been able to access a full time educational establishment. As a result, many will be working at a significantly lower year group than their chronological age. This is taken into account when planning in order to ensure we meet the specific needs of children, with the expectation that pupils not only make the expected progress during the year, that gaps in their learning are also reduced. Combined with the Calculation Policy, this ensures continuity and progression and high expectations for attainment in mathematics.
It is vital that a positive attitude towards mathematics is encouraged amongst all of our pupils in order to foster confidence and achievement in a skill that is essential in our society. At Springfield House School we use the new National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) as the basis of our mathematics programme. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding that provide barriers to learning as they move through education. Assessment for Learning, an emphasis on investigation, problem solving and the development of mathematical thinking and a rigorous approach to the development of teacher subject knowledge are therefore essential components of the Springfield House School approach to this subject.
Our aims are to develop:
- a positive attitude to mathematics as an interesting and attractive subject in its own right
- an awareness of the uses of mathematics in the world beyond the classroom
- an appreciation of the creative aspects of the subject and an awareness of its aesthetic appeal
- an appreciation of the nature of numbers and space, leading to an awareness of the basic structure of mathematics
- an understanding of mathematical pattern and an ability to identify relationships
- an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment
- an ability to think clearly and logically in mathematics with confidence, independence of thought and flexibility of mind
- an ability to communicate mathematically and use the appropriate language
- mathematical skill and knowledge accompanied by quick recall of basic facts
To see the different strategies we use to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, please click on the appropriate links.