The Nature of Mathematics

Mathematics is a tool for everyday life.  It is a whole network of concepts and relationships, which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world.  It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real-life problems.  It also provides the materials and means for creating new imaginative worlds to explore.

Aims and Objectives

Numeracy should be promoted throughout all areas of the curriculum in a consistent and efficient manner.  Learning, teaching and assessment of mathematics should be appropriate to pupils’ needs.  Using the Programmes of Study from the National Curriculum 2014 for teaching mathematics it is our aim to develop:

  • A positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of mathematics.
  • Competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.
  • An ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
  • Initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.
  • An ability to communicate mathematics.
  • An ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.
  • An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.

Rationale and Equal opportunities

Numeracy is an outcome of the programmes of study and is a right for all pupils, not a privilege for some. At Denstone College Preparatory School we believe that pupils’ have entitlement to a numeracy rich learning environment in school regardless of perceived ability. Pupils’ self-confidence and belief in themselves and mathematics needs to be high if success is to be maximised.

School Policy and the National Curriculum

Knowledge Skills and Understanding
In Pre-Prep and Main Prep the National New Curriculum 2014 (NNC 2014) is followed. In Pre-School, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is followed.

Breadth of Study
Through careful planning and preparation we aim to ensure that throughout the school children are given opportunities for:

  • Practical activities and mathematical games both in class and online.
  • Problem solving.
  • Individual, group and whole class discussions and activities.
  • Open and closed tasks.
  • A range of methods of calculating e.g. mental, pencil and paper and using a calculator.
  • Working with ICT to develop subject knowledge in data, recording and analysis skills.

The Foundation Stage
As Reception and Pre-School are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, we relate the mathematical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged two to five. We give all the children ample opportunity to develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space, through varied activities that allow them to enjoy, explore, practise and talk confidently about mathematics.

Pre-prep and Main Prep
Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum, and in Pre-Prep and Main Prep we use the National Curriculum 2014 as the basis for implementing the statutory requirements of the programme of study for mathematics. Each year is structured around four learning strands (number, measure, geometry and statistics) increasing to six in Y6 (number, measure, geometry, statistics, ratio and proportion and algebra).