“We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and go away, but there will always be science, engineering, and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics.”
Katherine Johnson, African-American Mathematician
Maths at St Giles
We strive to ensure that children are equipped with knowledge and skills that enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
Our focus is on understanding, rather than simply learning methods. The Mathematics curriculum has been designed to provide children with a deep understanding of concepts and the ability to communicate confidently using precise mathematical language.
Problem solving is a key part of our mathematics teaching. This allows the children to develop links across all four operations, as well as encouraging them to take risks and have fun with mathematics through trial and improvement, establishing patterns or acting out a problem. Our children are always eager to collaborate and share their ideas.
At St Giles, we ensure that our children learn mathematics in exciting ways, using real-life contexts and motivating problems to deepen their understanding. We teach a broad curriculum with practical opportunities to learn about shape, space, measure and handling data.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in Maths, we are implementing a curriculum that is progressive throughout school. Children at St Giles follow the White Rose scheme of learning, which is based on National Curriculum entitlements and is inclusive of every child.
Mathematics is taught daily; our children have practical, hands-on learning experiences, using resources to support the development of their mathematical knowledge and reasoning. Throughout each year, children will develop their knowledge in Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Shape and Measure.
It is our aim that the children know all of the times tables up to 12 x12 by the end of Year 4. Children are taught a variety of strategies to learn their tables and we encourage parents to help with their learning at home. Children have access to TTRockstars and Numbots which help embed these number facts and multiplication facts both in school and at home.
Our policy for written calculation methods ensures that our children learn accurate, efficient methods that build upon their understanding of number. Alongside sharing this policy with parents, we endeavour to keep parents informed about the methods taught at school, so that they are able to support their child’s mathematical learning at home.