Maths

At Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary School, we know that a high quality Mathematics education introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. The language of mathematics is international and the basic skills of mathematics are vital for the life opportunities of our children. Our aim is to follow a mastery approach to teaching to promote fluency, develop reasoning and secure problem solving skills to allow all children to flourish.

Our school vision is rooted in God’s love for all. At Forest of Galtres Primary School, our Mathematics Curriculum has been developed to ensure all children can achieve excellence in mathematics. Children can experience a sense of awe and wonder as they solve a problem for the first time, discover different solutions and make links between different areas of mathematics through our aspirational teaching. It provides all pupils with a deep understanding of the subject through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. This ensures all pupils fully understand what they are learning.

Key features of our Maths Curriculum:

  • High expectations: All our children have the opportunity to develop mastery through a wide range of learning opportunities.
  • To foster positive attitudes: All children develop a ‘can do’ attitude surrounded in fascination and excitement of discovery through the teaching and learning of mathematical concepts.
  • Number sense and place value come first: we ensure that all children have access to their age related learning and that the whole curriculum is used to develop and promote Mathematical skill.
  • Resources to support: Concrete and pictorial resources are used to help all children develop a strong foundation of concrete experience, which then allows them to think in the abstract.
  • Mathematical thinking and problem solving is central.
  • Being able to calculate with confidence and having an understanding of why it works.
  • Opportunities for both independent, inclusive and collaborative learning.
  • Multitude of opportunities for mathematics throughout the curriculum: We broaden children’s knowledge and understanding of how mathematics is used in the wider world by making rich and varied real life connections to promote Life in all its fullness.

Through our maths vision, we are passionate and fully committed to developing a balance between the children’s procedural fluency and a conceptual understanding.

At Forest of Galtres, we strongly believe in supporting our pupils to become Mathematicians for life.

Click for: Maths – National Curriculum

Maths outside the curriculum
  • Morning maths/smart starts.
  • Arithmetic tests
  • NSPCC number day
  • Tens frame voting for story of the day
  • Times table rockstars weekly trophy
  • Times table rockstars battles across school
  • Counting in from the playground
  • House Captains adding up team points each week
  • Maths in Forest School
  • Baking and cooking opportunities
  • Around the World timetable challenge
  • Maths in science lessons e.g. data collecting, drawing tables