July 28, 2017

Mathematics

CO-ORDINATOR Mrs J VAN ZYL

At St Joseph’s we know that understanding basic mathematics is an essential life skill, and a good start at primary school paves the way for success at secondary school and beyond. The New mathematics curriculum puts a greater emphasis on what pupils should learn and when. The New scheme of work reflects the new requirements and offers even greater challenge to the pupils and teachers alike.

Links to mathematics are made across all subjects in the curriculum however dedicated maths lessons take place every day. Our aim is to provide pupils with the knowledge required to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. Mathematical activities provide opportunities for intellectual challenge, aesthetic pleasure and creativity.

At St Joseph’s the quality of teaching is important, with pupils rating a good and enthusiastic teacher as the greatest influence in their enjoyment of mathematics.

From year two onwards, pupils are set three ways according to their mathematical understanding. This allows pupils to succeed within their capabilities as well as supporting learners through small groups, dedicated adult support and challenging our most able pupils. We follow a scheme of work tailored to the needs of our pupils. Our results show excellent progress from entry at foundation stage, through to the end of year 6 and progress in mathematics was deemed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted at our last inspection.

Parents can support their child’s mathematical development at home. Board games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to provide fun mathematical experiences. It’s also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve children in activities such as baking and shopping.

Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.

Don’t shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:

* Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.

* Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.

* Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.

* Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.

Homework at primary school

Homework reinforces what your child is learning in school. It also gives you a chance to become involved in the learning process.

 

Updated September 2015