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Sneinton St Stephen's CofE Primary School

Maths

At Sneinton C of E Primary School, we strive to embed a love of maths in the children we teach right from Foundation through to Year 6. We teach maths in creative and exciting ways, to prepare children with skills for life. Our curriculum follows a ‘mastery’ approach, which means children are taught about how to solve real-life problems and why numbers work, right from an early age, and children are encouraged to explore maths in the world outside school. Lessons are often discussion-based, with opportunities to explore and test ideas. Children throughout the school are encouraged to use objects and pictures to help them to understand mathematical problems, enabling them to tackle bigger problems and go deeper in their learning. A positive mindset is key to the way we teach, and we often celebrate mistakes, using these to further the children’s learning. As part of this, we have developed a ‘Challenge’ culture, where children are encouraged to stretch their own mind and that of others, by using probing questioning. As part of our creative ‘mastery’ curriculum, often children will be taught maths through an engaging topic, for example using money to help out a pirate who doesn’t know how to use it, explaining to a Viking how to calculate the shortest distance to sail a longship, or teaching the Ancient Egyptians how to use fractions. We often use iPads or computers in our maths lessons, accessing a variety of apps which support mathematical understanding. Maths at Sneinton C of E Primary School is exciting, engaging and prepares children for positive experiences as they move to the next stage of their education.

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