We recognise that mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education provides the foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Through well-planned, differentiated and well-resourced lessons, all pupils receive high quality teaching and appropriate support in order for them to fluent in mathematics and ‘number happy’, able to reason and explain mathematically using metacognitive strategies to support them, able to solve problems which allow them to apply their maths knowledge. All lessons have clear learning objectives and success criteria that make it explicit to the children what the new knowledge or skill is that they are learning about. As children become fluent in the language of mathematics and become increasingly able to reason and explain their thinking mathematically they become increasingly able to solve problems in a range of contexts, noting connections between areas of maths and proving their answers by using a wide range of mathematical thinking. Working walls and challenge areas are a key feature in every classroom; they are used as an effective resource to support the learning during lessons.
At Wilton Primary, mathematics teaching is delivered to mixed year group classes. This requires careful planning, clear differentiation and on occasions separate instruction so that objectives can be delivered sequentially.