At Laira Green, we aim to provide a high quality maths education – teaching children the essential skills and knowledge to develop an understanding of the world, and to create a natural curiosity and love for maths as a subject.
“Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.” (The New national curriculum in England framework document, July 2013)
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children work on FLUENCY, REASONING and PROBLEM SOLVING. Children at Laira Green should:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately
- be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Family Christmas Maths Quiz at Laira Green Primary School
On Wednesday 6th December, children and families were invited to come in after school and take part in a Christmas-themed Maths Quiz. Lots of children took part, wandering around the hall and school corridor with a clipboard and a pencil, looking for the questions and trying to solve them. Our wonderful parents tagged along and helped their children with the maths involved.
When the children had found all ten questions for their age group, they came back to the hall to collect their prize - a big chocolate coin! You can see some of the children in the photos.
Then they were invited to have a hot drink and a mince pie or a biscuit - lots enjoyed these treats! Around the hall were plenty of maths challenges to keep the children (and adults) busy including making 3D shapes with Polydron, solving problems with money, making Christmas patterns on a pegboard and many more.
Thank you to the adults who helped with the refreshments and the quiz and here’s to many more maths events like this at Laira Green in the future!