"Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject."
- The National Curriculum in England, July 2013
At Shoreditch Park Primary School we teach mathematics passionately, instilling the importance of creative thought and fluency using number in all lessons. Using White Rose Maths, our approach to maths teaching follows the highly successful teaching styles of Singapore and Shanghai maths – placing an emphasis on using concrete resources before pictoral or abstract representation of number.
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their 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.
Our maths lessons aim to develop this by children having an active role in their learning, with great emphasis placed on pupil talk and discussion to ensure children can articulate their learning and understanding of concepts. In our lessons, children are exposed to three question types – Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving. In fluency questions, children apply a skill that has been taught to practice. For reasoning, children apply this skill with critical thinking. In problem solving questions, these skills are then merged to solve problems related to the skill being taught.
At Shoreditch Park, all children between Years 1 and 6 use the maths online learning tool IXL. This website is an excellent resource which empowers children to independently progress in their learning in a fun, rewarding manner.
Children will practice their skills and work towards targets, which are tracked and monitored by their teacher. In addition to this, all work completed is analysed by teachers to support planning, teaching and progression for each and every child.
If your child does not have internet access, paper homework can be given as an alternative. Please see the quickstart handbook guide for information on how to use IXL or your child's teacher if you are unsure of the log in.