- The children at Oldfield Primary School thoroughly enjoy their lessons in mathematics and make excellent progress.
- Mathematics is a core subject of the National Curriculum. It is given a high priority at Oldfield Primary School. It is a tool for everyday life.
- The children learn to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems.
- They develop confidence and competence with numbers and measures.
- Children who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged with rich and sophisticated problems. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with basic skills are given opportunities to consolidate their understanding before moving on.
This is how maths is organised at Oldfield:
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Key Stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the 4 operations, including with practical resources [for example, concrete objects and measuring tools].
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Lower Key Stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the 4 operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Upper Key Stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
This year we have introduced a new mental maths project across the school called 'Maths Passport'. This starts in Reception and works all the way up to Year 6. Maths Passports are a personalised way of learning as the children are challenged in the passport at a level that is appropriate for the level they are working at. They progress at their own speed onto the next stage. Each child will be given a passport with a series of targets set out in continents. These targets get progressively more challenging through the school. The children will develop instant recall skills in all the objectives.
At Oldfield we use the Wandsworth LA Calculation Policy. The Wandsworth LA Calculation Policy has been written by a team of LA consultants, leading teachers and maths specialists. Please take a look to familiarise yourself and see how you can support your child at home with methods used in school.
Teachers plan topics creatively and make important links to everyday life. Outdoor learning is planned where possible to help engage the children and create exciting memorable learning.
Mrs Taylor and Miss Morgan