Thursday, 15 October 2015

Our mathematics vision and mission

Each year, a different aspect of our curriculum is examined in order to better understand how we are doing in this area and where we need to go nest in terms of our knowledge, application, pedagogy and resources. This year, we are looking at maths across the school. One of the first things we did was to establish a collective vision and mission statement so that we have a common understanding of where it is we want to go and we agree on the way to get there!

Our vision is this:

At Bradbury, we aim to develop curious, confident and competent problem solvers who embrace mathematical challenge. 

We then have a list of descriptors on how we have agreed we are going to get there:

  • Consolidating secure number sense to create strong foundations (notice the link to our guiding statement!) and an enthusiasm for maths
  • Developing mathematical literacy through a number rich environment
  • Developing skills, knowledge and understanding through a variety of learning engagements including hands on experience, games and real life investigations.
One thing we emphasize at Bradbury is an understanding of strategy, problem solving and application of knowledge.

One way we do this is by providing lots of rich tasks for our students. A rich task is one that allows students to apply their understanding of strategy and knowledge to a task, giving it a real life application, rather than just a set of numbers that do not relate to anything- such as an algorithm. 

We call this ability, to discern or 'read' what mathematical operations need to be applied to a situation or number 'mathematical literacy'. Just as reading consists of decoding letters to make meaning as well as comprehension, so too, does maths have components- for example, knowledge and application, which involve strategy and problem solving.We believe in this way, we are equipping our students to be flexible and agile thinkers, armed with good knowledge and understanding.

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