Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their abilities to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. At Dunannie, we aim to promote a child‟s enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning in mathematics by allowing time for investigation and exploration. We know that number facts are the foundation of mathematical understanding and promote confidence and competence with the number system. We help children to develop a secure knowledge of these facts and their application to mathematical problems in a range of contexts. Through practical activities the children explore features of shape and space, develop measuring skills and an understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented.
Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them
We have an excellent range of mathematical resources and software programs to support teaching and learning. From Reception onwards each class has 4 to 5 hours of mathematical activities each week and children are grouped by ability within their class. These are flexible groups and teachers regularly think about which group is most suitable for the children, considering the area of maths being covered and prior performance.
Maths lessons regularly include mental arithmetic, practical work, playing mathematical games, using mathematical computer programs or websites, as well as informal and formal written work.
Teachers incorporate activities and ideas from the 'Big Maths' scheme in their Maths teaching, and this is continued when the children move on to Dunhurst. We make maths real by relating it to project work and other events that are going on in school. For example, thinking about the size of a blue whale in relation to their project on Ships and the Sea, Year 3 joined together 1½ metre measuring tapes to a length of 30 metres. During trips out of school the older children are encouraged to manage their money when they visit the gift shops, working out how much the items that they want will cost and if they have enough money. Work on shape, measuring length, capacity and weight often takes place in the school grounds, which offer many fantastic opportunities for real life mathematical work.