The Short Wood Mathematics Offer:
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 understanding finances and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
Mathematics has a fascination of its own for some people. The discovery of the infinite range of mathematically generated ideas gives pleasure to many children and adults.
Through teaching with a contextual and problem solving approach, children will learn to understand, distill and clarify information; consider what they know that will help them to solve problems, realising what they need to know next; create systems and strategies, organising information in a way that helps find patterns and ultimately solutions and to communicate and present their findings effectively.
We are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding that provide barriers to learning as they move through education.
As part of the Short Wood offer for Mathematics we encourage and facilitate making mathematical links throughout the 'real world'.
Our rationale for this is:
Many children fail to make the connection between the maths concepts they learn in the classroom and their lives outside of school. Taking the classroom outside and giving children opportunities to apply their learning in their natural environment helps make the maths they learn meaningful.
We are lucky to have access to a range of wonderful school grounds which our staff us their expertise to make the most creative and meaningful links for our children.
There are lots of things you can do to support your child at home! The most important thing to remember is that maths should be fun—we want children to enjoy what they are learning and feel confident in their own abilities. This will help them to be willing to “have a go”, even if they are not sure of something.
Maths is all around you and can do done little and often:
It is also important that you do lots of work with numbers. Children need to have a secure understanding of numbers to achieve their best. These are just some ideas you could use to make the work fun and interesting:
For children who have computer access at home, there are lots of games you can use on the computer. These are really good for motivating children who are less enthusiastic about written tasks:
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