In our daily mathematics lessons, we help children to acquire basic mathematical skills and to develop mental strategies to enable them to solve problems and undertake investigations. There is a good proportion of oral and practical work, whole class teaching and many opportunities to work in pairs and groups as well as individually. We encourage the children to work according to their own preferred learning style and provide support for those who would benefit from it. Open-ended questioning, extension exercises and challenges are used to develop skills further and, from the start, we give the children investigative tasks to attempt. The use of correct vocabulary by staff and children helps the children talk about the strategies they employ to solve problems.
Teachers incorporate mathematical skills into many areas of the curriculum and real experiences (such as sales of cakes where Year 2 children are 'shopkeepers' and the younger children are their customers) are provided whenever possible. A wide range of resources, including ICT software, is available to stimulate independent learning and enquiry.
We regard assessment as an integral part of teaching and learning and use our findings to help the children in our care to make good progress.
I like maths because it gets your brain going for the rest of the day.