The Teaching of Mathematics at St Mary and St Benedict
Mathematics is a life skill. It is an essential element of communication, widely used in society, both in everyday situations and in the world of work. At St Mary and St Benedict Catholic Primary School we want all our children to succeed in Mathematics. We want them to be excited by mathematics so that they develop a desire to continue to study the subject beyond their primary education. We want children to understand how mathematics can help them be better equipped for their future.
In order to provide the children with active and stimulating learning experiences, a variety of teaching and learning opportunities are adopted:-
As part of the ongoing teaching and learning process, teachers will assess children's understanding, achievement and progress in mathematics. Assessment may be based upon observation, questioning, informal testing and the marking and evaluation of work. This will inform day to day teaching and learning and provide feedback to children. Learners will also be taught to assess and evaluate their own achievements by recognising successes, learning from their own mistakes and identifying areas for improvement.
These take place at the end of a unit. Teachers assess key ideas, learning objectives, targets and areas of concern that have been covered during these units. The outcomes of short and medium term assessments will be recorded on a class record sheet of National Curriculum Statutory Requirements.
These are carried out towards the end of the school year to assess and review pupils’ progress and attainment. The ‘Progress in Understanding Mathematics Assessment’ will be given termly and the results will be tracked and analysed using ‘O Track’ software. The results will inform groupings and intervention programmes.