At Windwhistle, we believe that mathematics is essential for everyday life and understanding the wider world.
The 2014 National Curriculum aims for all pupils in mathematics are that children:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.
- are able to reason mathematically
- are given regular opportunities to solve problems by applying their mathematics
We believe, at Windwhistle, that children need to be given opportunities to develop fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice. The concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) approach allows them to deepen their understanding and apply it in a range of contexts.
The teaching of mathematics needs to be based on children developing this conceptual understanding and applying it with confidence. Children should be encouraged to explore and communicate their ideas using mathematical language and to make links across different aspects of their learning as their mathematical thinking develops.
Children need to be encouraged to solve problems using reasoning and justifying their methods and ideas. We aim to spark their curiosity in mathematics and foster an enjoyment of learning and self-confidence in exploring mathematical ideas.