Our vision for Mathematics at Birchwood
The Birchwood Journey to Mastery of Mathematics empowers children to become
- Creative, Independent and critical thinkers
- Dynamic problem-solvers
- Effective communicators
Mathematics is at the core of our curriculum and taught daily by highly skilled teachers.
So why is maths so important to us?
Mathematics is a creative, dynamic and highly inter-connected discipline. It is essential to our society and critical to areas of our lives that we completely depend on like medicine, technology and finance.
We use numeracy every day in all areas of our lives, often without realising. Our confidence and ability with numbers impacts us socially and professionally as we grow into adulthood. It even affects our health and wellbeing. We now know that low numeracy levels in children at school usually equates to low numeracy skills in adulthood and this contributes to a number of factors affecting lives – from unemployment to health implications.
Further to the examples of maths in everyday life, there are even more benefits to being numerate. Not least our ability to spend wisely, be on time, and to work out multiple life decisions each day. On top of that there are, of course, careers where maths is incredibly useful and often necessary.
There are jobs which use maths in more traditional and obvious ways – architecture, science, computer programming, accountancy and so on.
But also there are careers which rely on maths which may not be so obvious – sportsmen and women who calculate distance and speed, as well as angles and trajectory; and carpenters and builders for whom a miscalculation could cost them a job or their business.
Data also suggests that the higher your numeracy skill set, the higher your chance of earning significantly more, and whilst money is not the origin of happiness, we know that it can give children considerably more options to enjoy all that life has to offer.
So how do we ensure our students get the opportunity to enjoy the many skills that mathematics has to offer?
First and foremost, we ensure children experience the full national curriculum in a small steps approach where ALL students build a deep and sustained knowledge of key stage 2 mathematics. We believe that this knowledge provides the foundations children need to have the confidence and ability to flourish at secondary school and beyond.
However, we look even deeper than this, recognising that there are certain qualities nurtured by mathematics which helps our mathematicians not just to understand, but to use mathematics to create clarity from the chaos of the world around. These include the power of reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving and even effective communication skills.
These skills thread throughout our entire mathematics curriculum, and children use our classrooms as safe spaces to practice these skills from the moment they begin in year 3, to the moment they have mastered them in year 6.
In our ‘how we teach’ page, you will see just how explicitly we offer these skills throughout your child’s maths journey at Birchwood.