Children should have the opportunity to learn mathematics in an enjoyable, supportive, engaging and challenging environment. To this end, it is crucial: that our students develop a confidence in themselves; that they do not fear being wrong; and that they understand that it is as important to learn from mistakes as it is to learn from fact.
Work will primarily take the form of written exercises. Classroom discussion and use of an interactive whiteboard, data projector or other forms of ICT help enhance the learning process and often provide a substantial part of teaching and learning time within any topic taught. Basic skills are particularly focused on in Years 4, 5 & 6 and it is essential that students gain a mastery of these skills in order to ensure a successful start to the more abstract topics that are taught in Years 7 & 8 (including Algebra).
The children in Years 4 and 5 are taught in their forms as mixed ability groups. The work set is differentiated so that every child’s ability is catered for. In Years 6-8 the children are set by ability and use the Maths Frameworking scheme that has differentiated books for each year.