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This policy is designed to provide a whole school approach to the teaching of mathematics. This document will give an outline to the organisation of the mathematics teaching in Artigarvan Primary School.
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There to equip pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world.
Much more than numbers and measuring. It is a means of making sense of our world by classifying and ordering. It is concerned with the inter-relation of number, algebra, shape and space, measures and handling data.
An investigative process concerned with problem solving, using and applying mathematics in practical tasks.
A logical development process, the important concepts of which can be fostered, developed and practised through practical, structured and purposeful activities.
A language conveying meaning, describing, illustrating, interpreting, predicting and explaining.
A creative activity stimulating imagination, intuition and discovery.
Used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.
Principles
To provide all children with an equal opportunity to develop their mathematical knowledge, skills and concepts in order for them to achieve their full potential and equip themselves for adult life.
To stimulate and enthuse children with mathematical ideas so that they all have a sense of success.
To develop an ability to think clearly and logically with independence of thought and flexibility of mind.
Purposes
To enable children to be confident and capable in their use of mathematics.
To encourage a positive attitude that will heighten childrens enjoyment and develop their confidence in mathematics.
To develop their ability to reason and to use mathematics in an investigative way, both collaboratively and independently.
To plan for continuity and progression for mathematics across the school.
To improve childrens standards of numeracy.
To ensure that each child follows the appropriate experiences and levels of mathematics in the Northern Ireland Curriculum based on progressive stages of first-hand experience, application, concept and skill development.
Co-ordinators
KS1: Janet Pollock
KS2: Siobhan Doherty
Role of the co-ordinator
Ensure teachers are using the relevant scheme of work for their year group.
Attend relevant courses and disseminate the information and good practice to the rest of the staff.
Monitor mathematics by collecting teachers evaluated monthly plans.
Planning
Long term planning is based on the yearly teaching programmes set out in the Northern Ireland Numeracy Strategy and in the yearly schemes of work.
Our medium term mathematics planning, which defines what we teach, is adapted from the schemes of work and gives details of the main learning outcomes for each month.
Our daily notes list the specific learning outcomes for each lesson and give details of how the lessons are to be taught.
The class teacher takes into account the differing needs and abilities of pupils when preparing daily notes.
Progression and Continuity
This can best be achieved by close adherence to the schemes of work drawn up by staff and co-ordinators, which were subsequently revised in 2004.
Co-ordinator records are kept detailing and summarising teachers monthly plans and adherence to schemes of work.
Classroom Organisation
In order to fulfil the requirements of the Northern Ireland Curriculum most teachers find that mathematics teaching will take up at least one hour per day. Mathematics should be taught on a daily basis and lessons should include mental work as well as written work.
The teaching of mathematics at Artigarvan Primary School provides opportunities for:
Group work
Paired work
Whole class teaching
Individual work
Pupils engage in:
The development of mental strategies
Written methods
Practical work
Investigational work
Problem-solving
Mathematical discussion
Consolidation of basic skills and routines
Differentiation
In all classes there are children of differing mathematical ability. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching this challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies in some lessons through differentiated group, paired and individual work. We use classroom assistants to support some children and ensure that work is matched to the needs of the individuals.
All children benefit from the emphasis on oral and mental work and participating in watching and listening to other children demonstrating and explaining their methods. However, a pupil whose difficulties are severe or complex may need to be supported with an individualised programme.
Equal Opportunities - Boys and girls will be given equal experience in all areas of mathematics. Staff should be conscious of the need to overcome traditional stereotyping and the differing expectations of the two sexes.
ICT
The effective use of ICT can enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics when used appropriately. When considering its use, we take into account the following points:
ICT should enhance good mathematics teaching. It should be used in lessons only if it supports good practice in teaching mathematics.
Any decision about using ICT in a particular lesson or sequence of lessons must be directly related to the teaching and learning outcomes for those lessons.
ICT should be used if the teacher and/or the children can achieve something more effectively with it than without it.
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In Artigarvan Primary School there is a vital partnership between parents and school. These combined efforts give our children the best possible chances.
Parents are encouraged as part of the life of the school to be involved in Parental Involvement in Numeracy with the children in Year 2 and Year 5. With this strategy pupils are encouraged to improve their numerical skills, confidence and enjoyment of mathematics through mathematical games. At the end of the programme children are awarded a certificate to celebrate their success.
Cross-Curricular Links
Mathematics is taught mainly as a separate subject but every effort is made to link mathematics with other areas of the curriculum.
For example in science almost every scientific investigation or experiment is likely to require one or more of the mathematical skills of classifying, counting, measuring, calculating, estimating, and recording in tables and graphs. In science pupils will order numbers, including decimals, calculate simple means and percentages, use negative numbers when taking temperatures, decide whether it is more appropriate to use a line graph or bar chart, and plot, interpret and predict from graphs.
During data handling pupils will use real data linked to topic work Ourselves, Road Safety, Victorians etc.
Resources
Each class has a range of equipment, textbooks and teacher guides. In addition there are centrally held resources to supplement the classroom collections.
Damaged or lost equipment should be reported to the co-ordinator who will also be glad to hear of suggestions for the purchase of equipment.
Assessment, recording and reporting
At Artigarvan Primary School we are continually assessing the children and recording their progress. We see assessment as an integral part of the teaching process and endeavour to make our assessment purposeful, allowing us to match the correct level of work to the needs of the pupils, thus benefiting the pupils and ensuring progress.
Assessment takes place within the school through the dual process of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessment of the individual child provides evidence of, and monitors, individual progress and achievement. It may also be diagnostic and highlight a concern. Staff use the outcomes of this assessment to help develop monthly and daily plans. Summative assessment takes place through the AUs for Years 4 and 7. These standardised assessments validate the formative assessments undertaken by teachers.
The standardised NFER tests are administered in the final term of each school year. They are recorded on pupil profiles, which are then passed on to each pupils new teacher.
Homework
Mathematics homework is set from Years 1 to 7. Please see the Homework Policy.
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