Maths

Mathematics is a subject full of patterns. There is an unending array of fascinating connections to investigate. There are puzzles to tease over, strategies to develop and facts to learn. 
Mathematics is colourful, vibrant and physical. It is not one thing but a myriad of intricately woven threads and ideas. It is in the tangible world around us and in the abstract thoughts in our mind.
Engaging in mathematics stimulates curiosity, wonder and satisfaction. The contributions mathematics has made to our society, from the mundane to the magnificent, ensure its place in the future. The children of today are our future in technology, medicine and the environment. Mathematics will be their constant companion.

At Westbury Park School we follow the National Curriculum (2013). The aims of the curriculum are to ensure that all pupils: 
  • become fluent in basic facts such times tables and formal written calculations 
  • reason mathematically, being able to prove or justify their thinking
  • solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge 
At Westbury Park School we aim to do this by:
  • encouraging fascination and excitement in the discovery of new concepts
  • encouraging a Growth Mindset. It is not 'I can't do it' but 'I can't do it yet'
  • using physical resources to embed concrete understanding
  • encouraging the children to search for patterns, make connections and apply the mathematical knowledge they already have
  • encouraging children to work collaboratively using mathematical language in their discussions
  • encouraging children to work independently and consider making mistakes as a positive opportunity for learning
  • broadening children’s awareness of how mathematics is used in the wider world.
Annette Garrett-Cox, Mathematics Lead

Westbury Park Calculation Policy


Maths Apps

Apps4primaryschools and MrAndrewsOnline are two helpful sites aimed at teachers, parents and children looking for apps to enhance maths learning.

The authors are experienced primary school teachers who have tried out many apps in order to recommend what they consider the best educational apps available. The sites allow you to filter by key stage and subject and each app has a short review.

http://mrandrewsonline.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/apps-for-maths-in-primary-education.html

http://www.apps4primaryschools.co.uk/


Cuisenaire Rods


Cuisenaire rods are an invaluable resource for teaching and learning mathematics and are mentioned throughout our calculation policy. There are many sets available and for use at home we recommend a set of 155 pieces.

The link below will take you to the tts educational suppliers site. Delivery is free for online orders. Should you wish to make a purchase please order your own to your home address. The school will not be taking orders.

The NCETM and NRICH websites have a range of videos and activities to show how Cuisenaire can be used. Ronit Bird’s ‘Cuisenaire’ e-book is also very useful particularly for KS1.

TTS website Cuis
enaire