I spent Thursday March 17th talking to groups of children from Reception up to Year 6 about their maths work.
Maths is sometimes a subject that adults find daunting but the vast majority of our children appeared to enjoy mathematics and were keen to talk to me about their books. They could talk confidently about the work they had done in class, using increasingly complex vocabulary and mathematical terms.
They had completed a very good quantity of work and the books were neatly presented. In particular they were not just answering arithmetic questions but were writing more complex answers in order to solve problems; they were often required to explain their reasoning.
As the children grew older, they showed an increasing understanding of how to improve as learners by the use of a technique called, ‘Building Learning Power,’ becoming resilient when faced by a challenge and increasingly independent.
I am confident that when they transfer to their secondary schools they will have developed very positive attitudes towards maths and should be able to tackle the challenges ahead with confidence.