At Gosford Park we believe that children from all backgrounds can succeed in mathematics. Our focus is on raising standards – working together to show what pupils are capable of and to find effective ways to enable every child to succeed. We do not believe that mathematics should be used to identify those who appear to be naturally more or less able, but rather that all children have the potential to become ‘able’ mathematicians.
Three key features of our maths teaching include:
- High expectations for every child
- More time on fewer topics
- Problem-solving and greater depth at the heart
We aim to embed a deep understanding of maths by employing a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach – using objects and pictures before numbers and symbols so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening.
Language – communicating ideas, proof, clarity and development of mathematical concepts.
Thinking – questioning and task design to promote mathematical thinking.
Understanding – using a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to deepen conceptual understanding, and making connections to previous learning, to other subjects and to the ‘real world’.
Problem Solving – to be mathematical is to solve mathematical problems. Problem solving is both why and how we learn mathematics.