Maths is a necessary life skill that you use on a daily basis. It enables everyone to succeed in life, even if you think you ‘can’t do maths’, you are doing it every day. Although it may seem like maths problems, such as algebra or pi, have no real use in everyday life, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Maths is incredibly important in our lives and, without realising it, we use mathematical concepts, as well as the skills we learn from doing maths problems every day. Shopping, measuring, cooking, gardening, budgeting and even paying those dreaded bills require a mathematical skill.
To me, maths means much more than adding and subtracting. It makes our life orderly. Studying mathematics will not only develop more engineers and scientists, but also produce people who can learn and think creatively and critically, no matter what their chosen career. Maths is at the forefront of our world and to not know maths is like walking through an art museum with your eyes closed. Learning and appreciating maths can help you appreciate things that you would not otherwise notice about the world. In reality, maths is everywhere!
Maths Curriculum Intent
Maths is a skill that we use on a daily basis and is an essential part of everyday life. Therefore at Fairchildes, our intention for our maths curriculum is to unlock mathematical fluency so that all children are able to reason and solve problems and take this learning into the real world. Our provision allows children to become confident and competent mathematicians. We achieve this through:
- Use of White Rose Scheme of Learning
- Using a range of teaching resources to support and extend teaching and learning
- Concrete, pictorial and abstract representations for all children
- Daily mental maths fluency
- Consistent times tables proficiency
- Subscription to Times Tables Rockstars
- Use of N-Rich problem solving tasks
- Use of STEM sentences to enrich mathematical vocabulary
- Maths streaming in Key Stage 2
- High quality resources
- Maths competitions within school, across the Academy and externally
examples of work
We run Maths clubs during the year for lots of different age groups. We have a Times Tables Rockstars lunchtime club running 4 times a week during lunchtimes where the children can improve their times tables skills. We also have maths games club and outdoor maths clubs run at different points of the year.
- Tower Bridge
- Canal Museum
- Museum of London Docklands
- Elhurst School Maths competition - Year 5
- Old Palace Maths competition - Year 5
- National Mathematics competition - Year 6
Every year, we take part in NSPCC's number day. We have raised thousands of pounds for the charity over the years and participated in lots of fun maths activities.