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Wimborne St Giles

Church of England First School and Nursery


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At Wimborne St Giles CE VA First School and Nursery our mantra is that everyone can succeed in mathematics. We believe that there is no such thing as a ‘maths person,’ you are not born with a maths brain.  Indeed anyone can learn how to be a mathematician just like anyone can learn how to ride a bike or swim.  We can all do this through hard work and practice.  Above all pupils need a teacher who believes that they can achieve and can show them that they can be successful in maths.

We use a mastery approach to teaching and learning and our Maths Schemes of work have been designed to support the aims and objectives of the  National Curriculum.


Our  overviews:


• have number at their heart. A large proportion of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency.

• ensure teachers stay in the required key stage and support the ideal of depth before breadth.

• provide plenty of time to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum

Every child at Wimborne St Giles CE VA First School has a daily Mathematics lesson that follows the objectives set out in the National Curriculum 2014 Programmes of Study. Much of the mathematics work is practical or investigative to allow the children to develop their thinking skills and to apply the concepts and ideas that they have been taught. We encourage lots of visual learning and ‘talk’ in Maths, allowing children to share their thoughts and reasoning in small groups or with the rest of the class. As children explain their ideas and strategies to others it helps to increase and consolidate their own mathematical understanding.
The younger children develop their mathematical understanding through many varied practical activities with some simple recording. They are then introduced to more formal methods of recording in Y1 and 2. In KS2, further differentiation for mathematical work allows an opportunity for children to develop at their individual levels.

Children are encouraged to improve their mental Maths skills through our weekly BIG Maths BEAT THAT challenge. Each classroom has a Maths Learning Wall to help children understand the vocabulary and notation used for a particular element of the subject.

This year we are holding our own week of inspirational maths during the month of April.  The aim of the week is to inspire pupils and show them that maths can be exciting and fun and that everyone can succeed. We want to inspire pupils and show them that maths can be exciting and fun and that everyone can succeed. We want to set up a positive message for the rest of the year.We are also planning to host Maths mornings with ambassadors visiting us from our local middle school.

Big Maths is a new and lively way of looking at primary maths curriculum. At Wimborne St Giles we have been using the programme since the beginning ...

A useful guide for parents that explains calculation strategies used in school. This document was produced in collaboration with our local schools in the Cranborne Cluster.