At Rutherford House we believe that through developing a child’s number skills, we develop their understanding of mathematics. Children are taught that numeracy is part of everything we do. Both in and outside of the classroom, staff provide fun, enriched and inspiring lessons which encourage children to explore and build upon mathematical concepts. We also create opportunities for every child to develop skills through practical hands on activities which enable them to use and apply concepts across the curriculum and in everyday situations.
Our main aim is to ensure our pupils become confident mathematicians who move through the curriculum at broadly the same pace. We aim to ensure our children understand number and mental computation, are able to think independently, can organise their work logically and are able to employ a range of strategies to solve theoretical and practical problems.
At Rutherford House we follow the Wandsworth Mathematics scheme of work. This is complimented by the Wandsworth calculation policy.
We believe a deep understanding is achieved through covering fewer topics in greater depth. Pupils explore and master concepts using objects, conversation and a variety of problem-solving to build their confidence in their understanding rather than learning procedures by rote.
New objectives are introduced to children with full explanations and links to prior learning. This allows children to build on existing knowledge in a safe environment allowing them to take risks and challenge themselves appropriately, whilst developing both the fluency and accuracy of a new skill.
There are three key features that provide pupils with a deep understanding of mathematics that we deliver in Maths lessons at Rutherford House;
Objects and pictures:
Children use concrete manipulatives (objects) and pictorial representations (pictures), before moving to abstract symbols (numbers and signs).
The way that children speak and write about mathematics has been shown to have an impact on their success. There we use a carefully sequenced, structured approach to introduce and reinforce mathematical vocabulary. Every lesson includes opportunities for children to explain or justify their mathematical reasoning.
Mathematical problem solving is at the heart of our approach – it is both how children learn maths, and the reason why they learn maths. By accumulating knowledge of mathematics concepts, children can develop and test their problem solving in every lesson.
Below you will find some useful documents and websites which will help you to support your child in their mathematical development at home.