The Mathematics Department aims to enable pupils:
- to develop their mathematical knowledge and oral, written and practical skills in a way which encourages confidence and provides satisfaction and enjoyment.
- to read mathematics, and write and talk about the subject in a variety of ways.
- to develop a feel for numbers, carry out calculations, understand that the results are reasonable, and understand the significance of the results obtained.
- to apply mathematics in everyday situations and develop an understanding of the part which mathematics plays in the world around them.
- to solve problems, present the solutions clearly, check and interpret the results.
- to develop an understanding of mathematical principles.
- to recognise when and how a situation may be presented mathematically, identify and interpret relevant factors and, where necessary select an appropriate mathematical method to solve the problem, perhaps from a variety of strategies.
- to use mathematics as a means of communication with emphasis on the use of clear expression.
- to develop an ability to apply mathematics in other subjects, particularly science and technology.
- to develop the abilities to reason logically, to classify, to generalise and to prove.
- to appreciate patterns and relationships in mathematics.
- to produce and appreciate imaginative and creative work arising from mathematical ideas.
- to develop their mathematical abilities by considering problems and conducting individual and cooperative enquiry and experiment, including extended pieces of work of a practical and investigative kind.
- to appreciate the interdependence of different branches of mathematics.
- to acquire a foundation appropriate to further study of mathematics and other discipline.
Mathematical experiences in the school:
- will be designed to meet the individual needs of the children.
- will use real-life situations both inside and outside the classroom, so that the children realise the practical implications of a particular skill or concept.
- will involve a process of enquiry and experiment with the first-hand experience being the starting point for any learning.
- will consolidate, develop and build on previous mathematical learning.
- will lead to clear development of mathematical thinking.
- will consist of a balance of individual, group and whole class work.
- will use books, apparatus, real-life stimuli, calculators and computers.
Pupils should be able:
- to recall, apply and interpret mathematical knowledge in the context of everyday situations.
- to set out mathematical work, including the solution of problems, in a logical and clear form using symbols and terminology.
- to organise, interpret and present information accurately in written, tabular, graphical and diagrammatic forms.
- to perform calculation by suitable methods.
- to use an electronic calculator in the year 6 and above (or where appropriate).
- to understand systems of measurement in everyday use and make use of them in the solutions of problems.
- to estimate, approximate and work to degrees of accuracy appropriate to the context.
- to use mathematical and other instruments to measure and to draw to an acceptable degree of accuracy.
- to recognise patterns and structures in a variety of situations, and form generalisations.
- to interpret, transform and make appropriate use of mathematical statements expressed in words or symbols.
- to recognise and use spatial relationships in two and three dimensions, particularly in solving problems.
- to analyse a problem, select a suitable strategy and apply an appropriate technique to obtain its solution. (eg Draw a picture, make a chart, trial and error methods).
- to apply combinations of mathematical skills and techniques in problem solving.
- to make logical deductions from given mathematical data.
- to respond to a problem relating to a relatively unstructured situation by translating it into an appropriately structured form.