At Whitegrove, we aim for children to see mathematics as a language used to express sets of connected ideas, which we see as patterns in the world about us, in nature, architecture, science and technology.
Mathematics is about so much more than just numbers and rules. It is about expressing relationships and ideas in numerical, graphical, symbolic, verbal and pictorial forms. It is this wonder that we seek to inspire in all our children at Whitegrove. Mathematics is taught daily throughout the school, in ability groups from KS2. We aim for all children to become fluent in the fundamentals – the rapid mental recall of number patterns and relationships, drawing on their knowledge of place value, number bonds and times tables. We achieve this in the early years through use of resources which model number relationships like Numicon, dienes and place value counters. This progresses to the children visualising models and images which also support their reasoning and problems solving. Concrete apparatus continue to be used to ensure secure understanding and support children in learning new methods throughout the school.
We aim for all children to become fluent in the fundamentals – the rapid mental recall of number patterns and relationships, drawing on their knowledge of place value, number bonds and times tables.
The context for mathematics lessons is practical and linked with real life to allow the children to make rich connections. Opportunities for mathematical exploration and expression exist throughout our curriculum, just as mathematics surrounds us in the real world.
Children, as mathematicians, are taught to use the language of mathematics to reason – to make conjectures and generalisations, to develop arguments and to persevere in seeking solutions to prove their ideas. They are also taught to solve increasingly sophisticated problems and puzzles as they grow older using logic and algebra to express many possibilities.