At Gayhurst high priority is given to developing the pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Mathematics so that they learn to make mental calculations with confidence, enjoy the challenge of solving mathematical problems and work towards being good numerate adults.
Pupils are encouraged to develop their skills in Numeracy through the use of practical equipment and a wide range of real life and fun situations. They also learn how to explore numbers, patterns and shape, learn their times tables and carry out more formal calculations.
Strong emphasis is placed on developing accurate measuring skills and in learning to apply the mathematical concepts they have been taught to other subjects and situations in their everyday life.
Pupils take part in a variety of competitions. Year 4 and 5 take part in the annual Mathematics Challenge, the former being held at Gayhurst. Year 6 take part in the Quiz Club Mathematical Challenge as well as sit the Primary Mathematical Challenge paper organised by the Mathematics Association.
Mathematics often takes place outside of the classroom. Years 3 – 6 attempted to solve the Dodecahedron Mystery during STEM week and Year 2 had a Maths Roadshow organised by Year 6. Pupils have also visited ‘behind the scenes’ at Windsor Races to experience at firsthand how maths gets used in horse racing. Easter Egg challenges and Maths trails are also used to enable the pupils to appreciate that maths is all around them.