Mathematics is essential to everyday life; it is critical to science, technology, engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education is important to provide a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At Marden Vale we follow the National curriculum set by the Government in 2014. The skills and concepts come under the headings of Number, Place Value, Calculating, Fractions, Measurement, Geometry and Problem Solving.
We continually search for new ways to help children make better progress in maths and we have started to use the "White Rose Maths Hub" schemes of learning. This has been proved to be highly effective in other schools, improving children's understanding of maths concepts and encourages them to deepen their thinking and "mastery" of what they are studying.
Mathematics is taught daily at Marden Vale. Every day there are 2 maths session. The first one is a short 10 minute ‘quick maths’ session which focuses on supporting the pupils to become fluent with number facts such as number bonds and times tables. The second is a long lesson addressing the maths curriculum, 45 minutes at KS1 and 60 minutes at KS2.
At Marden Vale we want pupils to enjoy their maths and have fun learning. We teach using lots of hands-on apparatus, and using games and practical activities.