Mathematics Subject Lead: David Chadwick
“Mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” – Albert Einstein
Maths is a creative discipline which equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and comprehend the world around them. Woodland School aims to deliver our maths curriculum so our pupils become logical reasoners, creative problem solvers, and give them the ability to think “outside of the box”.
The mathematics we teach today is a combination of different cultures’ contributions throughout history. Today, the subject transcends boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. It stimulates moments of great satisfaction and joy when a child solves a problem for the first time, works collaboratively to find solutions and forges ongoing links and connections.
Mathematics is a core subject of the National Curriculum and is given a high priority at Woodland Primary School. The most important reason for teaching mathematics to all children is that it can be used to provide them with a powerful means of communication to represent, to explain and to predict.
We deliver the subject as one that the pupils can use and enjoy, whilst realising that it is also a tool to be used in the world beyond the classroom. Mathematics lessons are taught daily in every classroom addressing areas of the curriculum in a fun, engaging and practical manner. We utilise the Red Rose Mastery Scheme from Lancashire in a bid to develop competent and confident mathematicians and help facilitate us to achieve our aims. (https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/lpds/teaching-and-learning/primary/mathematics/red-rose-mastery-maths/
In addition to this, staff understand the importance of ensuring children realise their maths skills has wider applications. Opportunities to investigate maths are regularly presented to children through real life scenarios in other subjects outside of the maths lesson.