At Kingsnorth we teach Mathematics daily as a discrete subject, yet one of the main aims of our school is to ensure that children are competent and independent enough to use Maths skills across all areas of the curriculum.
Typically, Maths is the ‘Marmite’ of the school curriculum, with children (and indeed adults/parents), either loving or disliking the subject. We want our children to know that there is nothing to fear from Maths and numbers. The Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum is geared towards making children function ably and independently function at basic tasks in ‘the real world’ and we hope to promote an enjoyment of problem solving in terms of number, shape and space and data handling (graphs, tables and statistics)
As in most learning, we do it better through enjoyment and fun...and we try to promote this by learning via Maths games, the encouragement of ‘risk taking’ and not being afraid of making mistakes or ‘getting things wrong’.
We endeavour to make Maths ‘real’ so that the children can see the relevance of the subject. We want the children to ‘do Maths’ on lots of occasions throughout the day, not just in hourly Maths lessons 5 times a week. Every time they calculate their change in a shop, weigh their ingredients when cooking or work out how long their favourite TV programme lasts for, they are doing Maths and children have far more skills than they realise.
We are planning a number of ‘parent events’ that are designed to make it easier for family members and carers to assist their children with homework (using the same strategies that are taught to your children) and generally offer support with their work.
We are also hoping to raise the profile of Maths with a number of challenging activities that the children might find enjoyable.
Maths is fun...there is something there for everyone. Below are a number of links that might be useful...