Maths

The Maths Department

Introduction

Mathematics equips students with tools such as problem-solving, reasoning and the ability to think in abstract ways.

Mathematics is a precise language for communicating and presenting information. It enables us to explain and predict the outcome of events. Basic arithmetic skills are essential for home and work place and mathematics can be seen as a basis of all scientific and technological development.

Mathematics has evolved and developed over the years through the contribution of various different cultures around the world.

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Our Objectives

The department aims to teach in a meaningful context whilst providing opportunities for students to use their creatively through problem solving and investigation. Students are encouraged to recall and apply their knowledge and skills to a range of situations and are taught to follow both verbal and written instructions accurately. Students follow a broad and balanced programme based on the requirements of the National Curriculum, guided by the renewed framework for mathematics.

Differentiation and Special Educational Needs

During lessons, students work in groups, pairs or individually on tasks linked to the objectives. We have invested in differentiated resources to allow the most and least capable in class to access the work. Students with SEN/School Action (SA) are in some cases supported by a Teaching Assistant. We also aim to provide opportunities for the gifted students with Mathematiucs Masterclasses and other challenges suited to their needs.

Numbers
The number topics include the rounding of integers and decimals, the use of negative numbers in context and the ordering of positive and negative integers.
Equivalent fractions are dealt with and their relative decimal representations.
By first using strategies for mental calculation and progressing to written methods, the students will learn to perform a wide range of calculations with integers and decimals.
Measures
Students will choose and use suitable units and suitable degrees of accuracy when using measures.
They will select appropriate measuring instruments and learn to use them accurately.
Geometry
In Year 5 this involves the identification of congruent shapes, the symmetrical properties of shapes and the recognition of parallel and perpendicular lines.
Problem Solving
Students will learn to organise their work effectively to solve number problems encountered in mathematics and other subjects, communicating their solutions and describing their reasoning.