What is mathematics and why is it important?
Mathematics helps us to make sense of our world. It is a powerful, universal language used to explain, predict and represent events and tackle everyday problems. Mathematics is of central importance to our modern society. It is an essential part of everyone’s daily life and critical to science, technology, finance and engineering. Mathematics is necessary for any employment or independent life.
At TGSA we aim not only to prepare our children for the next stage of their education, but also to lay the foundations for successful lives after school. Our aim is to prepare our children for the jobs of tomorrow, which will require greater mathematical skills than in the past, including thinking mathematically in order to use technology that doesn’t yet exist.
The aims of our maths teaching at Tudor Grange Samworth Academy are aligned with the aims of the National Curriculum:
- Fluency, reasoning and problem solving – both in the mathematics lesson and across the curriculum. We recognise that pupils need to learn basic number facts and acquire fluency in procedures, alongside developing conceptual understanding if they are to be able to solve increasingly complex problems in life and later in the workplace.
- A mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics has been adopted, so we have high expectations of all our pupils. We endeavour to make the mathematics curriculum accessible to all pupils; moving them through the programme of study at broadly the same pace. All children need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning in order that future learning is built upon firm foundations. As we pursue this mastery approach we are moving away from separate intervention groups, instead introducing same day ‘catch up’ sessions and additional practice to prevent children falling behind.
- Part of this approach includes adopting a ‘growth mindset’. Children at TGSA are encouraged to believe they are all capable of learning and doing mathematics, given sufficient time, good teaching, appropriate resources and effort.