Mathematics at Homer First focuses on Quality First Teaching where Assessment for Learning strategies are employed to enable teachers to personalise the learning for all children in their class. Activities are carefully planned to support and extend children as required to enable them to reach their full potential as well as helping them to develop both understanding and enjoyment of the subject. Children lead their own learning and choose challenges, Bronze, Silver and Gold to complete each lesson.
Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It provides a means of communication using numbers, symbols and shapes. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.
At Homer First School we aim to:
- Foster interest, confidence and enjoyment in mathematics.
- Extend each child to his or her fullest potential, regardless of ability, gender, culture or disabilities, building on previous experiences and recognising individual capabilities.
- Enable children to achieve a high standard in Numeracy and a range of other mathematical skills, and apply these skills with confidence and understanding when solving problems.
- Develop mathematical understanding through systematic direct teaching of appropriate learning objectives.
- Provide opportunities for mathematical thinking and discussion and develop an ability in the children
- to express themselves fluently, to talk about the subject with assurance, using correct mathematical language and vocabulary.
- Provide opportunities to apply mathematical learning in everyday situations and enable children to use and apply their skills in meaningful contexts.
Each class has a supply of age-appropriate practical resources. Teachers ensure that pupils have knowledge of the resources and equipment and have access to them.
We use Numicon, which is a multi sensory maths teaching programme. Pupils learn through both seeing and feeling how Numicon shapes connect with each other and gives children the chance to form a solid understanding of what each number looks like and what each digit represents. Due to the multisensory approach of Numicon, it meets the needs of every learning style.