At Danson, our Mathematics learning and teaching aims to ensure that each child develops as much as they possibly can, not only the mathematics skills and understanding required for later life, but also with an enthusiasm and fascination about the magic of Maths itself.
We are continually aiming to raise the standards of achievement in Mathematics at Danson and we try to make the learning and teaching as suitable as we can for each individual child.
The new National Curriculum for Mathematics (which we have embedded at Danson since September 2013) 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.
At Danson, children engage in:
· The development of mental strategies
· Written methods
· Practical work
· Mathematical discussion
· Consolidation of basic skills and routines
To raise the profile of Mathematics, Danson runs an annual ‘Maths Week’. This enables the children to participate in themed lessons with challenges on a daily basis. This year, the children also dressed up as key mathematical concepts ranging from number witches to Optimus Prime Number.