Maths at Eliot Bank is a real success story. It is a core aspect of our curriculum and is taught daily in every year group. We have for some time been aware of the importance of the children being fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.
Therefore, when we reconsidered our provision in light of the New Curriculum (2014) we drew up a set of age-specific ‘Basic Skills’ that teachers come back to time and time again across the year.
In addition, we are encouraging our children to become confident problem solvers. We offer a range of opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge, to show their ability to be systematic, logical, to be able to find all the possibilities and to find the rules and patterns that support their conjectures. By working collaboratively, trying different strategies and approaches, they develop the skills of perseverance and resilience, as well as recognising the importance of working as a team.
It is also important for the children at Eliot Bank to be able to reason mathematically. This is often evidenced in our problem solving, although you will see ‘reasoning bubbles’ throughout our maths books. These are used as opportunities to stretch our able mathematicians: by asking them to apply and explain their understanding they can demonstrate real rigour and depth of knowledge.
Kate Angyalova, Maths Team Leader