Mathematics is a skill vital for everyday life. Children need to be able to understand how numbers, shapes, symbols and graphs interact to represent the world in which they live. Children should feel confident with mathematics and enjoy learning both at school and at home. It is our belief that children’s enjoyment comes from a wide range of mathematical experiences such as problem solving, investigations, games, use of information technology and learning from everyday situations such as shopping, telling the time or cooking.
Teachers at Shirley Heath provide a range of mathematical experiences combining class lessons with individual, paired and group work. There is a greater emphasis on developing children’s abilities to explore numbers practically and visually before introducing written methods of mathematics. The focus is then very much upon using and applying these skills into context. Through continuous assessment, children are encouraged to achieve their mathematical potential as well as develop a solid understanding of the mathematical world around them.