The named Mathematics Subject Leader at Our Lady's is Mr P Spear
Mathematics is a key subject for successful living. Children at Our Lady's are taught this subject so that they have a good knowledge of mathematical concepts and can use them to solve problems and reason mathematically.
Each year has a programme of study specific to that year group. Children are taught these key concepts in daily lessons and teaching involves mental maths exercises, tables tests and the assimilation of concepts through practice. the children use their knowledge to solve cross curricular problem solving activities, TASC and Build-A-Team activities. These activities may range from planning out a budget for a school dinner to finding and testing numerical rules and patterns.
Children are encouraged to make connections between concepts and within different contexts. It is important that the children develop the ability to apply and use concepts in meaningful ways. It is when children successfully apply their knowledge that they demonstrate they have understood a concept. Concepts are studied until children have an understanding of the objectives. Learning is then extended to a deeper level so that children can show they have mastered the concepts. This idea of mastery sees the children applying concepts within problem solving and reasoning situations. children now spend time considering how well they have understood concepts and to what level they have achieved their understanding. This also makes the learning more engaging and as such more memorable.
Within the different year groups the children study is divided into these key areas.