The teaching and learning of mathematics at Our Lady of Hartley is designed to help children appreciate that maths underpins many aspects of our lives and the world around us: from designing rockets to fly to the moon to buying a loaf of bread at the local shop. As part of the children's development, we help them understand that the mathematical skills of fluency, reasoning, pattern seeking and resilience are essential to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. At Our Lady of Hartley, the Collins Busy Ants scheme of work is used as the foundation for our programme of sequential learning, where key topics and skills are developed year-on-year, ensuring a progression that enables children to reach their full potential.
At Our Lady of Hartley, the children find mathematical opportunities and challenges all around them. We build on their understanding of counting objects by helping them realize that steps, claps and jumps can also be counted, thereby enhancing the educational value of their play. As the children’s sense of number develops, they begin to order, group and compare different values. They secure an understanding of shape and position and are able to apply their mathematical learning in a variety of contexts e.g. shopping.
Science: Mathematical skills and understanding are essential for accurate measurements required in a science investigation. Scientific deductions and conclusions are often based on a comparison of values.
D&T: Accurate measurements are required to successfully take a project from the planning drawing, through the prototype stage to the finished product.
Literacy: Children use and develop their speaking and listening skills as they learn to articulate their mathematical reasoning and discuss their problem-solving ideas with their peers.
Geography: Whether reading grid references and learning about longitude and latitude, measuring distances on a map, comparing centres of population or the temperature of molten lava, mathematics and geography are closely intertwined as the Earth obediently complies with the laws of nature.
Problem solving activities for all ages
Lots of fun, interactive games in all areas of primary maths