"If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics."
Purpose of Study
At Lander Road Primary we pride ourselves on using the best practice in mathematics to develop confident, fluent mathematicians who have a genuine understanding of mathematical concepts.
Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The Mastery Approach
“Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding.” – William Paul Thurston
Teaching maths for mastery is a transformational approach to maths teaching which stems from high performing Asian nations such as Singapore. When taught to master maths, children develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning and are able to solve non-routine maths problems without having to memorise procedures.
Through this approach we encourage our children to question, reason, conjecturing about relationships and generalisations, visualise, argue, justify and prove, using mathematical language.
“How can it be that mathematics, a product of human thought independent of experience, is so admirably adapted to the objects of reality?”
We believe that maths should always relate to the world around us. Hence we ensure that every lesson has problem solving at it's core. When we ask children about using maths to solve real-life problems, they ask us what other kind of maths there is!