The National Curriculum states that:
'Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.'
At Oliverson’s we believe that maths should be a learning journey that we can take all children on together. We believe in a mastery approach, which helps to ensure that all children can thrive in their own individual way. We strive to teach the curriculum with varied approaches, exposing children to a multitude of methods, equipping and empowering them to make intelligent choices when problem solving. We work hard to keep our maths fun when teaching arithmetic, times tables and more abstract maths. Our intent has always been for maths to not only be learnt in maths lessons in the classroom, but also in our beautiful outdoor surroundings, and across other subject areas, when the opportunities arise. Our staff are well trained in our methods of teaching and this professional development for all staff, not just teachers, allows us to practise what we preach - ensuring all children feel able to “keep up” as opposed to having to “catch up”.
Our maths curriculum is delivered using a holistic approach from a strong balance of resources. Our curriculum is driven by the White Rose Maths approach and this creates a strong vehicle for learning. We then compliment this with a variety of learning opportunities outdoors, through technology and through the use of practical every-day scenarios. We try to add as many strings to the children’s bows as we can and always strive to add the greatest depth and breadth to their knowledge as possible. We use a dedicated times tables iPad app to engage the children in a fun way, as well as ensuring that we cover reasoning and arithmetic style questions weekly. We have high expectations and use multiple greater depth resources, through the NCETM, NRich and ISee schemes of work.