Mathematics is taught every day at St Aloysius Primary School. Lessons last at least one hour. Teachers follow the National Curriculum (2014) for mathematics and a great emphasis is placed on developing fluency, reasoning and problem-solving.
In all year groups, we encourage the use of concrete materials before children move onto a more abstract approach. It is our aim to instill a love of mathematics for all learners.
In Key Stage 1, children develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. The main focus is to ensure that children develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, words and the four operations.
The children learn about shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment. They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.
In Key Stage 2, children use the number system more confidently. They become increasingly fluent with whole numbers, the four operations and in working with fractions, decimal and percentages. A great emphasis is placed on developing efficient written and mental methods. The children develop their ability at solving a wide range of problems in different contexts. They classify shapes according to their properties and develop their ability at using measuring equipment with accuracy.
The children discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wider range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts.