# Mathematics

## Mathematics

Mathematics is one of the core subjects of our school curriculum. Much emphasis is put on the acquisition of sound concepts in number, all forms of measurement (length, weight, area, volume, capacity, time and shape). To achieve this aim the children are given plenty of practical experience, and are encouraged to discuss their observations and to consider further possibilities. They also learn to record their work – as sums, as graphs, and using appropriate units. Their knowledge and understanding, at every level, is continually challenged by problem solving and investigational work.

Our curriculum includes the following:

• Number – Ordering, matching, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of both whole numbers & fractions and percentages.
• Measurement – Time, length, capacity & volume, weight, area and reading scales.
• Algebra – Patterns and symbols, inverse operations, simple formulae, co-ordinates and generating sequences.
• Shape and Space – Sorting and classifying 2-D and 3-D shapes, Angles, symmetry, bearings, reflection, congruence, rotational and reflective symmetry. Area, perimeter and volume.
• Handling Data – Collecting and recording data leading to a frequency table, block graph, Venn diagram, tree diagram or Carroll diagram. Probability. Accessing information in a simple database. Constructing and interpreting statistical diagrams. Calculating mean and range of a set of data.

In Mental Maths we aim to help children to become masterful at calculations and to acquire skills such as estimation.

We recognise the importance of Mathematics in everyday life, and to this end promote the ability to handle money, read timetables, understand percentages, use calculators and take measurements etc.

Our aim is that the children in our care will develop a positive attitude towards Mathematics, and find the subject useful, enjoyable and challenging.