At St Nics’, maths is taught not only through maths lessons, but also through a range of cross-curricular experiences. Children are given the opportunity to practise, apply and embed the skills they have learnt over time and through practical and purposeful problem solving activities. Emphasis is placed on depth rather than acceleration, which means spending more time studying fewer skills to ensure children have mastered them, and are confident and secure enough to apply them in different contexts.
Our teaching is based upon three key principles:
Our aims in teaching mathematics are that all children will:
Maths Mind Set
There is also a commonly held belief that you are either good at Maths or not good at Maths, or that some people’s brains just work that way.
Any of these reasons can result in adults and children lacking confidence in Maths, which in turn means they are reluctant to have a go for fear of being wrong, and therefore will not make as much progress.
Using a growth mindset approach can really help to build Maths confidence so this does not become/remain a barrier to learning.
Below are some links to useful resources to help build Maths confidence.