At Orchard House, we know that confidence in Mathematics stems from a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding of number, pattern, shape and space.
In the Den, children are taught using Montessori methods, which enable them to develop independence and confidence as emerging mathematicians.
Throughout the school, every child is encouraged to learn and become fluent in using the basic skills and concepts associated with counting, calculation and place value.
These are the building blocks of success and enjoyment in mathematics, and pupils are motivated to practise and refine their skills and recall number facts using a range of engaging computer and tablet-based programmes, as well as the more traditional drills.
We take the differing needs of our pupils into account by using a multi-dimensional teaching approach, incorporating visual and concrete maths aids, songs and games to illustrate various concepts and procedures, to ensure that all pupils are able to engage with the curriculum.
In years 3-6 we use sets to teach the children in small groups, which helps all the children, regardless of ability, to progress successfully.
Children are encouraged to be problem-solvers and puzzle-breakers; problem-solving is incorporated into learning across all the different mathematical strands.
We celebrate mathematics through participation in various in-school and inter-school competitions as well as ‘maths fun days,’ where children enjoy working collaboratively and competitively on puzzles, problems and strategy games.