Maths at Eliot Bank is a real success story. We believe that a high quality education in Maths not only provides vital tools for understanding the world around us but also helps develop broader problem solving skills 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. In each year group , the children will become confident with a set of age-specific ‘Basic Skills’ that teachers come back to time and time again across the year. As the children become fluent in these aspects they have more thinking space to tackle more complicated maths concepts
In addition, we are encouraging our children to become confident problem solvers. We offer a range of opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge to a range of contexts. 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. The children are encouraged to explain their understanding and are challenged to show their ability to be systematic, logical, to be able to find all the possibilities and to discover the rules and patterns that support their conjectures. You will see ‘reasoning bubbles’ throughout our maths books: by asking the pupils to apply what they know, to what is unknown and to articulate their reasoning, the children demonstrate the depth of their understanding of the key concepts and procedures.
Andrea Osmond, Maths Team Leader