Mathematics at Alumwell Junior School
Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provide all our children with a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. For this reason it is important for us as a school to offer all children with the opportunity to develop their mathematical abilities.
Arithmetic is an integral part of children becoming confident mathematicians. Without key knowledge and understanding of the basics, children are unable to move on to more complex problem solving, be able to recall number facts or spot patterns which could support their learning of a variety of maths topics. As a school, we try our best to make the learning of these basic number facts, e.g. times tables, as fun and interactive as possible. As the children get towards year 5 and 6, a more competitive system is put in place to encourage the children to continue learning these facts. To test children's understanding, we follow the Rising Stars Arithmetic tests which flag up any gaps in learning or any issues which children are consistently finding difficult. This gives us the opportunity to put in place vital intervention for individuals which help to close any gaps in learning.
Reasoning and Problem Solving
Reasoning and problem solving is a fantastic opportunity for children to express their mathematical ability and explore different ways of solving problems. It allows children the chance to reflect on previous learning in order to complete tasks. Therefore, as a school, we offer many opportunities for children of all ages and abilities to take part in fun, exciting and engaging tasks which challenge pupils but also help them to see how maths is related to the world around us. Real life challenges can make the link between maths and the real world, helping children to make connections and develop their understanding further.