Numeracy involves confidence and competence with numbers, shapes and measures. It requires an understanding of the number system, quick and efficient mental calculation and an ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts. Computer based resources help in counting, measuring and presenting information in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
Our aims and how we achieve them
At Eton End, we aim to enrich and enhance the experience of mathematics, to inspire confidence and encourage risk taking by building upon the natural ability and curiosity of our pupils. Emphasis is placed on ensuring mathematics is seen as being relevant to everyday life, essential as a tool to illuminating other curriculum subjects and as a subject which is creative in the abstract world of ideas.
We present the children with a range of mathematical experiences. Every opportunity is given for practical tasks and pupils are encouraged to talk about mathematics. Activities are accessible to everyone, but give scope for further challenge and extension, fostering a sense of success in pupils of all levels of ability. The content of the curriculum is based on the National Strategy for Mathematics and the Common Entrance Syllabus.
Homework is set on a regular basis for all classes. The use of interactive games encourages discussion and parental involvement. More formal homework is related to the age of the children and ranges from 20 to 35 minutes per session. The purpose of homework is to practise and consolidate key skills taught during a lesson and develop understanding. It includes learning multiplication tables, practising mechanical calculations, solving problems and exploring the wealth of mathematics around us.
Assessments form a part of every lesson to check children's understanding and inform future lesson planning. Children's progress is reviewed and recorded continually. Pupils are encouraged to devise individual targets to enable them to improve upon their performance.
In Nursery, Reception and Year One, children are given regular and on-going oral assessments. For the Early Years, these form part of the Nursery & Reception Profiles.
Pupils in Years One to Six sit regular tests to assess their understanding of the concepts covered. They also complete standardised tests as a benchmark to measure progress.