Watermill School, Turnhurst Road,

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 6JZ

School Tel: (01782) 883737   INSPIRE Tel: (01782) 883777

Headteacher: Mr J May

Maths

Here at Watermill School, maths is an important element of every child's learning journey. Throughout the school, as well as having maths as a stand alone subject, opportunities in other subjects are always used to include maths across the curriculum, making it as real-life and as engaging as possible for all our children.

We have developed the new national curriculum into our long term plans and curriculum maps so that all of our children have a wide range of mathematical experiences as they progress through the school.

This year, we have begun to embrace the Singapore style of maths teaching and learning. This involves embedding number and using and applying skills using the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach. Using this method, children firstly experience number using concrete objects (using manipulatives such as objects, counters etc), next they learn how to show their calculations using a pictorial approach (solving problems where pictures are involved) and finally feel confident solving problems abstractly (where numbers represent symbolic values) using a written method called the 'bar model'.

This approach is being introduced in the earlier year groups at school and we hope to see it progressing through the later years as the children become more confident using the new approach.

As well as a number and using and applying focus, our children will also experience a wider range of maths concepts including aspects of measurement (length, mass and capacity), geometry (shape and position and direction)and statistics. Children will experience varied levels of these concepts in our different stages in school.

Our vision for maths here at Watermill School is that we strive for our children to enjoy maths and experience it through practical, fun and real-life experiences in and out of the classroom, with a focus on using and applying their knowledge gained to develop a deeper and more thorough conceptual learning of the maths curriculum.

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Here at Watermill School, maths is an important element of every child's learning journey. Throughout the school, as well as having maths as a stand alone subject, opportunities in other subjects are always used to include maths across the curriculum, making it as real-life and as engaging as possible for all our children.

We have developed the new national curriculum into our long term plans and curriculum maps so that all of our children have a wide range of mathematical experiences as they progress through the school.

This year, we have begun to embrace the Singapore style of maths teaching and learning. This involves embedding number and using and applying skills using the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach. Using this method, children firstly experience number using concrete objects (using manipulatives such as objects, counters etc), next they learn how to show their calculations using a pictorial approach (solving problems where pictures are involved) and finally feel confident solving problems abstractly (where numbers represent symbolic values) using a written method called the 'bar model'.

This approach is being introduced in the earlier year groups at school and we hope to see it progressing through the later years as the children become more confident using the new approach.

As well as a number and using and applying focus, our children will also experience a wider range of maths concepts including aspects of measurement (length, mass and capacity), geometry (shape and position and direction)and statistics. Children will experience varied levels of these concepts in our different stages in school.

Our vision for maths here at Watermill School is that we strive for our children to enjoy maths and experience it through practical, fun and real-life experiences in and out of the classroom, with a focus on using and applying their knowledge gained to develop a deeper and more thorough conceptual learning of the maths curriculum.