At Fairlawn, we aim to develop in children a love of number and the aspiration to solve problems. Speaking and listening is a big part of our mathematical learning environment, and we aim to give children the confidence to talk about how and why they have used certain strategies. We have a strong emphasis on mental calculation where through our daily 15-minute fluency and recall sessions, and our home-school ‘Maths Passports’ scheme, children are given the time and support to reach solutions with speed and accuracy.
As Mathematics is such an important life skill, we have not only embraced the new curriculum, but have introduced a new ‘Mastery’ approach to our lessons. The ‘White Rose’ scheme of learning is taught across the school, allowing pupils to spend longer on key mathematical concepts, most noticeably number. During these longer units, pupils will see mathematics in a real life context, before moving at an appropriate pace from the concrete/pictorial approach (supported by manipulatives including Numicon) to the abstract.
In order to further promote enjoyment, and to support progress and overall attainment, the children will often use ICT in lessons with every class having access to I-Pads. The school also subscribes to Mathletics, a popular home learning tool that encourages our pupils to continue to develop their mathematical skills outside of school.
Some children can feel afraid of maths and can become demotivated from quite a young age. However, here at Fairlawn, we strive to put the magic into learning so that pupils develop mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills, and of course a love of number!