Maths at Slimbridge
We believe that mathematics is not only a key form of communication but also an essential part of everyday life. The skills learned in maths are critical to understanding the wider world, as well as learning in science, technology, finance, and other disciplines.
At Slimbridge Primary School, we follow the programmes of study laid out in the National Curriculum for mathematics. Each year, our students engage with defined areas of study, including number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, shape, and position and direction. As students progress through the school, additional areas such as statistics in Year 2, ratio and proportions in Year 6, and algebra in Year 6 are introduced. Our carefully developed curriculum ensures that skills are built upon and progress as children move through each year.
The programmes of study are organised into distinct domains, but we encourage our students to make connections across mathematical ideas through problem-solving and real-life maths opportunities. We believe that mathematics is best learned through application, and therefore, all our lessons provide time for students to use and apply their mathematical skills in practical contexts.
At Slimbridge Primary School, we prioritise the development of mathematical reasoning alongside mathematical skills. Mathematical reasoning involves critical thinking, logical analysis, and problem-solving. We encourage our students to think deeply about mathematical concepts, make connections, and justify their solutions using logical arguments.
Effective communication is a key skill in mathematics, and we emphasise the ability to talk confidently about mathematical concepts, use appropriate language, and discuss problems and solutions. Our staff models quality language and plans for opportunities for “talk partners” and small group work, fostering a collaborative and engaging learning environment. We plan our mathematics lessons using the ‘Can Do’ maths approach, which promotes mathematical reasoning and problem-solving, while ensuring that the plans are adapted to meet the needs of all children.
At Slimbridge Primary School, we also emphasise the importance of basic skills and focus on the development of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as mental maths skills. We have a clear goal that every child should know their times tables by the end of Year 4. While we teach children to use technology, such as calculators, to check their work, we firmly believe that technology should not replace the development of strong fundamental skills.
We continuously assess our students’ progress through ongoing summative assessments throughout the year. This information guides our planning of appropriate development steps to support each child’s individual progress. At the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, children undergo formal assessments to evaluate their mathematical achievement.
At Slimbridge Primary School, we are dedicated to providing a well-rounded and engaging mathematics education that equips our students with not only the mathematical skills and knowledge they need but also the ability to think critically, reason logically, and solve problems effectively. We believe that by nurturing mathematical reasoning alongside mathematical skills, we empower our students to become confident, resilient, and successful mathematicians in both academic and real-life contexts.