Here at Abbots Farm Junior School we are always aspiring to develop well rounded mathematicians; children who can not only calculate with proficiency but also can apply this knowledge into different contexts and real life situations. It is important that all children become fluent in the fundamentals of maths. We enable this through varied and frequent practise and with increasingly complex problems so that the children develop the ability to recall and apply knowledge. Children are required to be able to reason mathematically looking at patterns and relationships, and to justify themselves using mathematical vocabulary. Problem solving is the product of the application of the skills and methods they have been taught to answer problems and to persevere with those that they do not find so easy.
This year we have changed our teaching of maths, whereby all children will be taught the same concepts at the same time and in the same class. This whole class approach will benefit the children in ensuring they are constantly exposed to a rich mathematical vocabulary, and will provide opportunities for all children to support, coach and debate what they have been learning.
Small-group work within lessons will involve challenge through greater depth for the more able and support with grasping concepts and methods for less-able pupils.
Mr K Robinson
Maths Subject Leader