Welcome to the Maths page
Subject Leader: Kathryn Davies
Please see below for ideas to help you support your child at home (Homework that isn't homework!)
What our children say about Maths
"I like finding quick ways of solving problems and finding tricks!" Year 3
"'My Maths' lessons help me learn on the laptop." Year 6
"I love Maths because I can count to 100 now!" Year 1
"I like finding patterns to help learn my tables. Double and double again helps with the 4 times table." Year 4
"If I find something difficult at the start of a lesson, I can usually do it by the end of a lesson." Year 5
"Blank number lines are great. I know where to put the numbers." Year 2
Our Vision for Mathematics
Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, 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 Hermitage we aim to:
- promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
- promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system;
- develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts;
- 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;
- understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
Teaching and learning Mathematics at Hermitage:
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. We do this through lessons that have a high proportion of whole-class and group teaching. During these lessons we encourage children to ask as well as answer mathematical questions and give explanations. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as number lines, number squares, number cards and small apparatus to support their work. Children use ICT in mathematics lessons where it will enhance their learning, as in modelling ideas and methods. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations.
In all classes there are children of differing mathematical ability. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies – in some lessons through differentiated group work and in other lessons by organising the children to work in pairs on open-ended problems or games. We use Teaching Assistants to support some children and to ensure that work is matched to the needs of individuals.