In Smarden Primary School our mission is to create life-long mathematicians. Our vision is for all pupils to become independent learners with lively enquiring minds who seek pleasure in Mathematical Mastery which in turn prepares children for the wider world.
Maths Mastery is where students must achieve a level of mastery in prerequisite knowledge before moving forward to learn new skills. This is supported by the National Curriculum (DfE, 2013) which clearly specifies its three aims of developing fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
These aims will be achieved by providing stimulating, practical lessons, the opportunity to question and explain and to develop a deep mathematical vocabulary.
Teaching will incorporate various approaches which will meet the needs of different learning styles within the classroom for example kinesthetic, spatial and auditory learners. It will include physical activity, manipulatives, practical tasks, real life problems and cross curricular link.
Pupils will work in groups, with learning partners and independently each ensuring they develop the skill to clarify their understanding for others and themselves. The understanding of the 'how's' and 'why's' is now extremely important. Being able to clearly communicate ideas is essential.
The school will create a learning environment that ensures all children succeed.