"Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations or algorithms: it is about understanding”
(William Paul Thurston)
At Bolsover we foster positive attitudes, interest and excitement of discovery through understanding the teaching and learning of mathematical concepts using Power Maths scheme of work. We aim for our children to recognise themselves as Mathematicians through a persevering mind set and recognise maths is an integral part of the world. We aim for our pupils to use and understand mathematical language and recognise its importance as a language for communication and thinking.
Maths lessons provide the opportunity for children to use concrete and pictorial resources to represent a concept or practise a newly taught skill. Classroom environments support this as each classroom has their own maths resource area. Children are encouraged, independently, to make use of these resources to support their learning.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims ensure that all pupils:
To ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 x 12 and show precision and fluency in their work.
Teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
Across KS2 children are encouraged to reason and problem solve within all areas of maths taught.
You can find the full programme of study for maths by clicking here.
What do we know about careers in Maths?
Learning in maths helps children develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making as well as pure mathematical skills. These skills are valued by employers across many job sectors, including:
- Actuary scientist
- Chartered accountant
- Chartered certified accountant
- Data analyst
- Investment analyst
- Research scientist
- Secondary school teacher
- Systems developer
- Financial manager
- Financial trader
- Insurance underwriter
- Operational researcher
- Quantity surveyor
- Software tester
What do we cover across school in Maths?