Subject Leader: Mrs Mortimer
I love teaching maths - it's my favourite subject along with French. I really love how all areas of Maths link together, like one great big jigsaw. No matter how difficult something may appear there is always a solution, so remember to never give up!
Maths is all around us in ways we don’t stop to think about. Just take a normal morning. You need to be able to tell the time to set an alarm and wake up. Then you need to be able to calculate time duration so you know what time to set your morning alarm so you have enough time to do everything you need to do before leaving the house. You need to understand number to tell the time, ratio to work our how much milk to put with your cornflakes, prepositions to understand mum and dads instructions in getting dresses, position and direction for finding your way to school and all this is before you have left the house! Maths is everywhere, from cooking, to planning days out, playing your favourite games and knowing how long you have left before your favorite television show comes on. Maths is the foundation for everything in life and during your time at St Wilfrid's the whole St Wilfrid's family will do everything we possibly can to help you understand and enjoy maths making sure you have the secure foundations to build upon through life.
At St Wilfrid’s Maths is a fundamental lifelong skill that everyone needs to live a day to day life. Maths is one of the first skills we use when we wake up, looking to see what the time is and working out the ratio of milk to our cereal. Without realising it, maths forms the basis of nearly every decision we make and we want all of our children to leave school with the firm foundations in maths and a can do attitude that nothing is unachievable. We believe in making maths fun and showing children the links to the wider world. We follow a mastery maths curriculum so that all children can achieve a positive working knowledge of maths in every aspect. We strongly believe that children need providing with a deep understanding of the subject through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. This ensures pupils fully understand what they are learning.
Maths provides children with powerful ways to describe and investigate an ever-changing world. We want all children to experience a sense of awe and wonder as they solve a problem for the first time and that keep that excitement, determination and sense of achievement as they progress with their journey in maths for their entire lives.
Below are links to our calculation policies which will allow you to see how the four operations are taught at St Wilfrid's. Please use this when helping your children at home and, as always, any questions please speak to a member of staff.
Resources from previous parent workshops.
Resources to support your children at home
White Rose 1 minute Maths App is free to download. Your child can practise subitising, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It is easy and great fun to use.
Take a look at the video below if you'd like to learn/practise long multiplication.