A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Maths is taught in line with the Jersey Curriculum and staff plan, teach and assess Maths throughout the school in line with this document and age-related expectations. As Maths is a hierarchical subject it is crucial to ensure the child’s understanding is secure before moving their learning forward, and so we teach children in a ‘mastery’ way and focus on depth of learning rather than acceleration.
The national curriculum for mathematics 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.
We cover the full range of Maths areas specified in the Jersey Curriculum. This includes:
- Place Value
- Number and Arithmetic,
- Fractions and Decimals,
- Measurement and Geometry
- Handling Data
The school will be adopting on a new Maths programme shortly called ‘Maths No Problem’ which is a structured Mathematics programme that is based on principles of gaining fluency and reasoning through hands on learning with equipment, pictorial representations and then abstract thinking.
Mathematics is taught daily as a discrete subject but every effort is made to link Maths with other areas of the curriculum. In the Foundation Years, these links are especially evident because of the nature and structure of the planned day. La Moye aims to draw pupil’s attention to the links between Maths and other curricular work so they see that Maths is not an isolated subject but as a life skill.
In preparing pupils for the real world, we are aware of the role that Mental Maths skills and calculators play and accordingly make every effort to ensure that our pupils are proficient at using these. We teach and practise these skills on a daily basis. Developing confidence with Mathematical vocabulary is also essential for the children. It remains our ultimate aim to ensure our children not only have the Mathematical skills needed for later life but also to promote confidence, competence, enjoyment, enthusiasm and a fascination about Maths itself through practical activities, exploration and discussion.