Our Ethos for mathematical learning at Westwood Primary School
At Westwood Primary School, our children are able to reason mathematically, solve problems and develop fluency in their understanding of number through a number rich environment. Children are enabled to progress stage by stage at a pace that is appropriate to them, allowing for deeper conceptual understanding and fluency.
The National Curriculum:
The National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing
- sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract
All children (from Nursery to Year 6) are encouraged to use concrete and pictorial representations to show, prove and explain their abstract thoughts and mathematical working. This also develops a conceptual understanding that enables children to transfer their mathematical skills in to real life contexts.
Our whole school environment enables children to use a range of resources and encourages independent reasoning and problem solving.
We aspire for children to leave Westwood Primary School with a skill set that enables them to reason and problem solve in a technologically evolving world ensuring that they are confident to tackle any mathematical challenges they may face.
The Planning Process
Our teachers use the long term plans that are supported by a range of medium term units from sources such as White Rose, Herts4Learning and Inspire. Our highly skilled teachers use these resources to plan well differentiated lessons that meet the developmental needs of each child allowing them to progress to their net stage of learning. Westwood Primary School works closely with Grove Primary School to share skills sets and subject knowledge to ensure lessons are always of the highest quality.