Mathematics at Gateway Primary School
Mathematics at Gateway Primary School is an essential part of a balanced and broad curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable. Our expectation is that all learners should become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice and should be able to reason mathematically and solve problems by the application of their mathematical understanding. At Gateway, we follow the White Rose Scheme of Learning, ensuring that teaching is cyclical and builds on small manageable steps in order to help children understand the overall concepts. When introducing new concepts, we use concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches in order to embed a deeper understanding. We are developing a mastery approach to teaching and learning within mathematics at Gateway and aim to encourage our children to not only think mathematically but talk mathematically in order to develop their ability to articulate, discuss and explain using precise vocabulary. As a school, we endeavour to ensure that every child develops an enthusiastic and creative attitude towards mathematics that will develop their habits of thinking mathematically later on in life.
Mathematics offers children an opportunity to:
Mathematic lessons at Gateway allow children to:
Key Stage 1:
Ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value.
Lower Key Stage 2:
Ensure pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. In this way, we ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
Upper Key Stage 2:
Ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This enables them to make connections between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.