At Westmeads it is our aim for children to develop a deep and secure understanding of a variety of mathematical concepts. We provide children with a wide range of opportunities to use, apply and problem solve.
We adopt the mastery approach to help children fully understand the four number operations (+, -, x, ÷) and use 'White Rose Maths' to ensure that children develop skills in fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
Children are encouraged to use resources to aid their understanding in a range of mathematical areas. Our progressive approach will help the children move from the concrete use of resources, to the pictorial images they draw or hold in their heads, finally reaching the abstract understanding of mathematical concepts.
To ensure that all of our children have a rich and varied experience of mathematics while they are at Westmeads, in addition to our following the mastery National Curriculum, we use Active Maths (Maths of the Day) and MathsShed (ICT resource).
Active Maths (Maths of the Day) is helpful in engaging the children in learning outside of the classroom. Not only is the learning practical and fun, but the benefits of 'active learning' also help to improve attitudes towards maths and physical well-being.
Maths Shed (ICT resource) is an online resource used to support children in the classroom and at home. It is used as a targeted resource within school to help individual children build on existing knowledge and work to fill any gaps within their learning.
World of Maths Event
At the end of the last academic year we welcomed David from 'World of Maths' into Westmeads to work with every year group. During the whole day event all children were able to take part in a variety of activities and games.
Each session started with a discussion on how important maths is - we all agreed that we use it in every area of our lives - getting up for school, making breakfast, shopping and sports, for example.
All groups then had an hour to experience the games on offer; these covered a wide range of areas such as shape, reflection and symmetry, problem solving and counting. Here are a few pictures of us enjoying the activities.