Mathematics offers a combined approach with the core curriculum sitting outside the main theme in order to actively teach an extensive range of mathematical strands that allows for deep understanding of the number system.
The teaching of maths at Grimsdell is focussed on practical and pictorial experiences of number that build deep mastery of concepts so that when children begin to record and interpret more abstract mathematical representations. This will be underpinned by a secure and confident conceptual understanding, together with highly developed problem solving and application skills. This leads to pupils being confident and capable when it comes to tackling complex mathematical challenges. The whole school theme still has a strong place providing opportunities to practise and apply their skills within the meaningful context of an exciting theme.
We have a positive attitude towards making mistakes. It has been proven that when we make mistakes in Maths our brain grows. Pupils use this a step to learning and as part of our growth mind-set programme. Children will have opportunities to participate in a wide range of practical maths activities both inside and outside the classroom as well as our joint maths puzzle day with Mill Hill School.
We endeavour to make as much of the maths we do practical and hands on and to that end our approach to homework is through a range of practical activities and online games. We continue to develop the children’s knowledge of multiplication through our ‘Times Tables Challenge’.