Mathematics is all around us; it underpins much of our daily lives and our futures as individuals and collectively. It is therefore of fundamental importance to ensure that children have the best possible grounding in mathematics during their primary years.
Number, or arithmetic, is a key component of this. Public perceptions of arithmetic often relate to the ability to calculate quickly and accurately – to add, subtract, multiply and divide, both mentally and using traditional written methods. But arithmetic taught well gives children so much more than this. Understanding about number, its structures and relationships, underpins progression from counting in nursery rhymes to calculating with and reasoning about numbers of all sizes, to working with measures, and establishing the foundations for algebraic thinking. These grow into the skills so valued by the world of industry and higher education, and are the best starting points for equipping children for their future lives.
Mathematics lessons at Whitchurch cover a wide variety of topics in accordance with the National Curriculum. These include: number work, shape and space and data handling. Through these topics, pupils will develop skills in using and applying number; the number system; calculations and solving problems.
Children also experience daily mental maths quizzes and activities giving them the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real life situations. Mathematics lessons emphasise the importance of applying the knowledge learnt to practical and investigative situations.