Mathematics at Nansen Primary School
At Nansen Primary school, huge importance is attached to the children understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills, and therefore achieving their full potential in this area, and skills which will serve them well as they grow and mature.
An enthusiastic and favourable attitude is encouraged by all staff by presenting maths in an interesting and enjoyable way, allowing the children to actively participate in the learning process, thus creating a sense of achievement and confidence. There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in real life situations.
Maths is taught through a daily Numeracy lesson which follows the principles of the Primary Numeracy Framework. In order that progress is achieved at the optimum pace for each child, maths is taught in a whole class setting in foundation stage and key stage 1. In lower key stage 2 (years 3 and 4) children are set in groups according to their abilities. In upper key stage 2 (year 5 and 6) children are also set in ability groups, and where possible these groups are made smaller in number, by the deployment of extra teaching and/or support staff. These sets are always of a fluid nature in order that children are able to move either to the next group up for extension and challenge of their skills, or to the next group down to consolidate their learning. Class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subjects throughout the year.
Many initiatives are in place to support children in their efforts to achieve the highest attainment possible. These include Maths Passports; inter year group quizzes; Mathletics (in key stage 2 presently) and many others. Homework is also set every week to consolidate children’s learning, and the importance of children completing their homework regularly cannot be overstated! (Surveys show that children who complete their homework on a regular basis ALWAYS progress faster and achieve higher!)
Websites to support children’s learning in maths are many and varied. Some recommended sites are listed below.
http://www.schooljotter.com/showpage.php?id=35518 (Thank you Coxhoe Primary!)