Mathematics is an important subject because many practical skills are used within it. Topics and themes are often introduced through appropriate practical activities, using a variety of equipment. We consider it important to encourage a positive attitude to Mathematics as an interesting and enjoyable subject which, we hope, continues into everyday situations away from the classroom. Science makes its own distinctive contribution to our school curriculum as well as contributing to the wider aims of the children’s curriculum. Our children are encouraged to observe, enquire and to ask questions, as well as acquire skills in this very scientific world.
At Carlton Primary School we believe that mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real-life problems. It also provides the materials and means for creating new imaginative worlds to explore.
Using the Programmes of study from the National Curriculum we aim to develop –
- An enjoyment and curiosity of mathematics and for children to feel confident to become successful in this subject;
- Children’s abilities to use and apply mathematics to solve problems in both the classroom and in ‘real life’ contexts;
- A confidence to communicate ideas in written form and orally;
- Independent and collaborative ways of working, encouraging children to share ideas and solve problems together;
- A wide range of mathematical vocabulary to be modelled and used in the classroom environment;
- The children’s ability to recall mental facts accurately and quickly using effective written methods when needed;
- Children’s logical thinking, reasoning and ability to problem solve as transferable life skills.
Our pupils should:
- Have a well-developed sense of size of number and where it fits in the number system
- Know by heart, age appropriate number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves
- Use what they know by heart when calculating mentally
- Calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and written
- Draw on a range of calculation strategies
- Make sense of number problems, including ‘real life’ and identify operations needed to solve them
- Explain their methods and reasoning, using correct mathematical terms
- Judge whether answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary
- Suggest suitable units for measuring and make sensible estimates of measurement
- Explain and make predictions from numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables
- Develop spatial awareness and an understanding of the properties of 2D and 3D shapes
There are great games and activities
The Oxford University Press have developed this site to support parents in helping their children with mathematics. You’ll find lots of advice and support, games and activity ideas for how best to help your child develop as a mathematician. There’s also information on what is taught in primary school maths lessons, and what some of the ‘jargon’ means!
National Numeracy Parent Toolkit
Everyone can learn maths for everyday life
As a parent/carer, you give your child their first experience of maths. We’ll help you make it a good one.
Even if you yourself don’t feel confident with maths, you can still make a huge difference to your child’s numeracy confidence and ability.