Maths at Rolls Crescent
At Rolls Crescent Primary School we believe that maths is a tool for everyday living. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships that provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. It also provides materials and means for creating new imaginative world to explore.
Our approach to the teaching of maths within our school is based on four key principles:
- A maths lesson every day.
- A clear focus on direct, instructional teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and group.
- An emphasis on mental calculation, number, times tables and number facts/compliments.
- An opportunity for investigation.
Maths is taught daily in all our classes and it is our aim to develop with our children:
- A positive attitude towards maths and an awareness of the fascination of maths.
- Competence and confidence in maths knowledge, concepts and skills.
- An ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and work systematically and accurately.
- Curiosity, initiative, and an ability to work both independently and in co-operation with others.
- An ability to share their findings and communicate it to others.
- A willingness and ability to use and apply maths across the curriculum and in real life.
- An understanding of maths through a process of enquiry and experiment.
The Maths curriculum
We carefully plan and prepare our maths to make sure that all children are given opportunities for:
- Practical activities and maths games
- Problem solving
- Individual, group and whole class discussion and activities
- Open and closed tasks
- A range of methods of calculating e.g. Mental, pencil and paper, in addition to using a calculator
- Working with computers as a mathematical tool
Maths across the curriculum
Opportunities exist to extend and promote maths throughout the whole curriculum and we extend maths through the ‘Big Question’.
Students can under perform in mathematics because they find it boring or they can't remember all the rules.
The Singapore method of teaching mathematics develops pupils' conceptual ability and mathematical confidence without having to resort to memorising procedures to pass tests - making mathematics more engaging and interesting. The emphasis is on comprehension and not on rote learning.
Inherent in all Singapore approaches to teaching mathematical concepts is the progression from concrete materials to visual representations, before finally progressing to abstract representations.
In all the material you will find that the teaching focuses on the use of three core competencies: Visualisation, Finding Patterns, and Mental Strategies.
Despite it’s name, the Singapore approach is more accurately rooted in the work of a wide range of longstanding, international educational psychologists (namely Bruner, Skemp and Dienes). Singapore Maths has consistently produced a world-class level of achievement for years. It has been extremely successful in producing a consistently high level of maths comprehension which has been substantiated by international studies such as TIMSS and PIRLS.