The teaching of Mathematics at St Vincent's has number at it's core, in order to ensure that children become mathematically FLUENT. The overviews on this page show however, how we balance all strands of mathematical knowledge and understanding across each year group.
We ensure that children are all given wide, and regular opportunities to PROBLEM SOLVE and REASON so that they are skilled in using and applying the mathematical concepts that they learn and become fluent in.
We start each lesson with "maths challenge" time, which is an opportunity to revisit previous learning in order to make sure that children remain confident across the full breath of mathematical skills being developed throughout the year.
We believe that all children, when introduced to a new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency by taking the following approach:
Concrete – children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.
Pictorial – alongside this children should use pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems.
Abstract – both concrete and pictorial representations should support children’s understanding of abstract methods.
This is reflected in our Calculation Policy below: