The Importance of Mathematics
Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and development and in public decision making. Different cultures have contributed to the development and application of mathematics. Today, the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections.
Our aim, at Chilwell Croft Academy is the development of concepts, skills and knowledge in Mathematics whilst also develop a positive attitude and love for the subject.
We help our children to acquire confidence and competence with numbers
and measures, an understanding of the number system and an ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts. Our children are also taught practical understanding of
the ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring. They
are shown how to present this information in graphs, diagrams, charts and
All children are taught a daily mathematics lesson lasting between 60 and 75
minutes depending on the age of the children.
Within classrooms children are grouped according to ability ad progress which is reviewed on a regular basis. The Mathematics teaching in the school covers the following four areas;
Number Sense, Multiplicative Reasoning, Additive Reasoning and Geometric Reasoning.
Each of these four areas is covered a minimum of three times throughout the year so that children can consolidate their prior learning and engage in new mathematical experiences.
This starts in EYFS with practical apparatus to help the development of concepts and this use of practical resources is continued in all year groups to support the children in their maths learning.
Additionally, in all year groups we encourage work at home on times tables, as these form the basis of many areas of maths.