Mathematics at Queen Mary Avenue Infants School
Mathematics at Queen Mary Avenue is planned around the new national curriculum with a focus on teaching for depth of understanding, challenge and numerical fluency. Termly and weekly overviews are planned to ensure all areas of mathematics are covered and cross curricular links are made whenever possible.
At Queen Mary Avenue we find our children learn best when lessons are put into real life contexts involving application of skilss and problem solving. So far this year the children have helped the three little pigs to build their houses by measuring straws, made potions to help wizards and sorted coins stolen by nasty pirates!
To develop a depth of understanding we use pictorial, concrete and abstract approaches to ensure the children gain a full understanding of different mathematical concepts. Teachers skillfully question children to explain their understanding through reasoning and reflection. Mathematical esources are readily available for the children in each classroom and they are encouraged to use these tools to help them on their learning journey. Numicon is used throughout the school and nursery including numicon software for interactive whiteboards.
In each classroom there are 'Maths Mountain Challenges', these are visual mountains which the children move up as they learn a variety of age-related number facts. Learning these facts helps to develop mathematical fluency, they can then be applied to problem solving. At the start of each maths lesson time is spent on mental maths challenges.