Mathematics is a vital life skill which teaches us how to make sense of the world around us. The beauty of mathematics is that it is international. Our vision at Parkhill Junior School is for all children to be confident mathematicians (Article 28- Every child has the right to an education). All pupils are fluent in written and mental calculations and they have a range of strategies they are able to use (Article 3- best interest of the child are top priority). Resources are used regularly to allow pupils to have a deep understanding of the subject through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. Children are able to apply their learning and experience a sense of awe as they solve problems for the first time and make links between different areas of mathematics. Children can clearly articulate their answers by reasoning using key vocabulary and justifying with examples to prove why their answer is correct (Article 13- every child has the right to say what they think). Children are able to relate their mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills to real life. We want our children to take risks and feel challenged in order for them to excel (Article 29- Education must develop every child’s abilities to the full).
White Rose Scheme
Our maths learning is supported by the White Rose Scheme, a learning programme which focuses on teaching maths through a variety of concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to ensure that the children are able to access mathematical concepts via fluency (knowing how to calculate/multiplication tables, etc), reasoning (explaining their thinking) and problem solving (solving problems in a variety of ways). This scheme is supplemented by a variety of different resources to ensure that lessons are practical, engaging and challenging for all learners. Below are the yearly overviews for each year group.