At Ackton Pastures, we strive to ensure our children have the knowledge and understanding to apply their mathematical skills to a range of calculations as well as reasoning and problem-solving questions in abstract and real-life contexts. We teach the children using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations to embed and deepen their understanding.
Within Early Years, children are given many opportunities to develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern and shape and space through teaching sessions and provision. All provision areas, including outdoors, are structured to encourage children to apply and explore their mathematical skills, learnt within teaching sessions, independently.
In Key Stage one and two, each lesson consists of an arithmetic element, daily review, modelled teaching and independent activities that differ in complexity as they progress through fluency, reasoning and problem-solving questions.
“Those who cannot learn from mathematics are doomed to repeat it. Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes. Those who do not read mathematics are doomed to repeat it. Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them.”
– George Santayana