‘Children delight in using mathematics to solve a problem, especially when it leads them to an unexpected discovery or new connection.'
'Mathematics offers children a powerful way of communicating. They learn to explore and explain their ideas using symbols, diagrams and spoken and written language. Across the curriculum it reinforces many of the concepts, skills and thinking essential in everyday life.’ National Curriculum Primary Handbook 2010
Across the campus students at the Alice Smith School are encouraged to articulate their mathematical thinking in discussions and make choices about the strategies they use to solve problems. They undertake focused, practical problem solving in real world contexts and explore lines of mathematical enquiry individually and collaboratively. As their confidence grows they look for patterns, use logical reasoning and begin to try different approaches to problems.
Where and when appropriate, cross curricula links are made and the use of ICT as a tool and resource is a feature of many lessons. Students are taught to use a wide range of mental, written and ICT-based methods and models to estimate, calculate, classify, order and compare.
Opportunities for the students to showcase their maths talents are provided including participation in the FOBISIA Maths competition, The KL Maths Challenge, House Mental Maths Competitions, The UKMT and UK Primary Maths Challenge as well as in-house class and year group competitions.