Mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It teaches children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. Our aim when teaching maths at North Ealing Primary school (NEPS) is to develop children’s confidence and attitude towards maths through a fun, inclusive and ambitious programme.
In EYFS we follow the ‘Development Matters in EYFS’ guidance. In KS1 and 2 we use Power Maths to deliver the National Curriculum through a whole-class mastery approach. There is a large focus on a deep understanding of number and the number generic equivalent for ventolin system. In maths lessons, children follow an enquiring approach to investigate, discuss and solve problems. Teachers consistently use the CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach for problem-solving to help children develop mastery in both written and mental methods across all the operations in an efficient and reliable way.
Children are given real-life problems so that their learning is both accessible and relatable; they can see the importance of using and applying maths in their everyday lives. Teachers challenge learners by asking them to explain their thinking and communicate mathematical methods and strategies, using mathematical language appropriately. Our lessons are lively and engaging and there are opportunities for children to work independently and collaboratively.
Regular and ongoing assessment informs teaching, as well as intervention, to support and enable the success of every child. We emphasise to the children that their understanding of what they are learning is of great importance, as well as their ability to recall facts and figures in preparation for the next stage in their learning.