At Windy Nook, we recognise that maths is essential for everyday life; it is critical to other subjects such as, science and technology. Therefore, we as teachers, NEED to reinforce this to all pupils, parents and carers. We promote the phrase ‘I’m expecting you to do this because you can!’
We follow the 3 aims of the National Curriculum for maths:
- 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.
Children, on a daily basis are exposed to all 3 elements – this will ensure that they become both competent and confident in all areas of maths.
Every lesson, children participate in a daily ‘Speed Calc’ whereby children are given a set of number-driven questions (age specific) which they are expected to answer within a given time frame. It is this area of the maths curriculum, which is bespoke to our learners at Windy Nook, and equips our learners with the basic mathematical skills, we believe, for the next stage in their learning.