“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.” - Shakuntala Devi.
Maths is the science that deals with the logic of number, quantity, shape and arrangement. Maths is all around us, in everything we do. It helps us make sense of many of the puzzles and great questions in life – in past, present and future. It is the building block for everything in our daily lives, including mobile devices, architecture, art, money, engineering, and even sports.
Children develop fluency in facts, procedures and concepts. We ensure a varied and consistent approach to learning the fundamental skills in mathematical fluency. We ensure fluency is an integral part of our maths lessons and engage our children in Times Tables Rockstars and practise calculation strategies. This allows children to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
We can reason mathematically by exploring lines of enquiry. To be mathematical reasoners, our children will be able to reflect on solutions to problems and determine whether they make sense. This will develop the bridge necessary to problem solve more complex activities.
It gives the Ash Croft child a platform for understanding the world, and all it has to offer. It provides the tools and necessary skills to make connections, reason mathematically and bring about a sense of curiosity and enjoyment about numbers and its many connections in our lives.
The ACE curriculum through maths:
Maths helps the children to aspire by assisting in developing their long-term goals for the future; it helps them to develop their number sense and apply these to different areas of the curriculum. This key skill helps us to rationalise and make simple decisions necessary for many aspects of our daily lives. They would not develop the confidence to make calculated risks or to ‘aim high’ in their aspirations. This will develop their financial literacy and money skills.
Allowing children to collaborate is an essential part of each maths lesson. Children are given the opportunity to verbalise their mathematical thinking and alter this in light of other children’s ideas. Children are encouraged to use concrete resources to show their mathematical thinking and make connections between different areas. Children work in different groupings to help them to understand a different perspective or method for a calculation.
Children have a positive experience of mathematics because we give them the tools to be successful. Children enjoy maths lessons because they are given the structure, which supports their progress. They are given the opportunity to apply their mathematical knowledge – developed through fluency and reasoning – to a range of increasingly challenging problems. They develop links and use strategies experienced and modelled within a maths lesson to break down problems through investigation and perseverance.
Through all of these, our children are able to become ACE mathematicians.