'Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers’ 

 Shakuntala Devi, Indian writer and mental calculator 

 Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners.

At Trenode Primary Academy we believe mathematics equips pupils with a powerful set of tools to understand the world including logical reasoning and problem solving skills. Mathematics is important in everyday life and we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them for life.

Our aim is that every child leaves Trenode Primary with a secure understanding of maths. We are currently embedding a ‘Mastery Maths’ approach where pupils work on fluency in maths (such as number bonds and times tables) alongside reasoning and problem solving skills.

As a school, we look to keep up-to-date with the latest research and pedagogy in the teaching of maths and are part of a ‘Sustaining Mastery’ workgroup linked to the Cornwall and Devon Maths Hub. Along with the regular Bridge Schools’ maths meetings and professional development, this will help inform our approach to the teaching of maths. We are also working alongside other small schools who are part of Bridge Schools to develop a small schools approach to the teaching of Mastery Maths.

This will help us reflect on our current approach and move this forward. For example, we are currently considering how our Early Years pupils can develop their maths skills in the very best way possible to give them the strong mathematical foundations they need to become successful mathematicians as they move through our school.

Our pupils work extremely hard alongside their teachers to become competent mathematicians. They use lots of concrete resources (such as number squares, number beads and base 10 equipment) and visual models until they are ready to move onto more abstract maths. We aspire to ensure our pupils develop fluency in basic maths skills to enable them to work efficiently on reasoning and problem solving work. Our pupils work on daily early morning fluency work and practise their maths in a cross-curricular way during topic work to use and apply their maths skills.

Our approach at Trenode Primary ensures pupils leave us with a love of maths and with the key building blocks to use their maths successfully in life.

Take a look at the ‘Mathematics in Bridge Schools’ document for more information on our approach to the teaching and learning of maths.



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Mathematics in Bridge Schools.docx
Mathematics in Bridge Schools.docx
Trenode Primary Academy Maths Policy 2020 21.pdf
Trenode Primary Academy Maths Policy 2020 21.pdf




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