Our aim at Gentleshaw Primary Academy is to equip all pupils with the skills and confidence to solve a range of problems through fluency with numbers and mathematical reasoning. We have created a maths curriculum that makes learning meaningful, relevant within the real world and engaging. It involves children in enquiry-led approaches to learning that involve exploration, risk-taking and discovery. Teachers make sure that the children are taught the skills, personal qualities, knowledge and understanding to achieve the best that they can and become life-long learners within maths.
A key aspect of mathematical teaching throughout the school is the use of practical apparatus to promote understanding of mathematical processes and ideas following the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract) approach. This progression of concepts promotes strength of understanding and children are challenged to apply this understanding in maths lessons and the wider curriculum.
Our maths curriculum is designed to create learners that are:
•Actively engaged and committed to developing themselves as mathematicians;
•Successful, self-motivated and confident mathematicians;
•Smart thinkers that problem solve with confidence and resilience;
•Methodical in their approach and able to utilise written methods and apparatus to support their learning;
•Able to work independently and as a member of a group, discussing concepts, ideas and processes;
•Able to apply their maths skills to a variety of real life situations and subjects.
Recognising the valuable contribution that parents make to children’s success in mathematics, we offer a range of support to enable them to enjoy the subject and have the confidence to help their children. This includes: parent workshops; parent information and 'Top Tips' which are shared on the school website; 'Maths Cafés' which offer parents the chance to work with our teaching staff and informal drop-ins.