Mathematics encourages an enquiring mind.
Mathematics is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time. Mathematics is taught with our school motto in mind:
Creative. Caring. Curious
Children learn in three ways:
- Shallow learning: surface, temporary, often lost.
- Deep learning (sticky learning): It can be recalled and used.
- Deepest learning: Can be transferred and applied in different contexts.
At Wirksworth Junior school we intend to do this by:
- ensuring that our children have access to a high quality maths curriculum, that is both challenging and enjoyable.
- Providing the children with a variety of mathematical opportunities.
- Enabling confidence in children, so that they can become risk takers.
- Developing independent learners with curious minds.
Our intent is developed through a secure understanding of the curriculum and subject area.
- Long term: National Curriculum
- Medium term: Overviews, updated in response to needs, data and outcomes.
- Short term: Daily lessons to include clear intentions, in the form of a - WALT ( we are learning today) and WILFs (what i'm looking for).
These three concepts are used continually throughout learning:
- Concrete/ manipulatives- real apparatus to help them visually understand abstract concepts.
- Pictorial- children then build on the concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which then can be used to help them reason and problem solve.
- Abstract- with foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach, using numbers and key concepts with confidence.