The acquisition of sound mathematical skills is considered to be a fundamental requirement for every child at Liverpool College Pre-Prep. An understanding of Numeracy is an invaluable life skill that pupils will need to draw on throughout their lives. For this reason, Mathematics takes a central place in the school curriculum.
At all times we seek to build children's confidence in Mathematics and try to present the subject in exciting and meaningful ways. Children derive a great deal of pleasure from doing mathematics as an intellectual activity, such as in playing games, brain teasers or puzzles, either alone or with others. Pupils are challenged with a focus upon investigative mathematics in practical and written work. Through their use of mathematics to solve problems in school, we believe that children become more aware of the need for mathematical understanding and skills in their future lives.
As a department, we aim to take each child through a structured curriculum that begins with Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy in Nursery and Reception and develops to follow the content of the National Numeracy Strategy in Years 1 and 2.
In addition, we aim to encourage children to develop an ability to search for patterns and relationships, seek and understand connections between mathematical ideas, explore problems and puzzles of a mathematical nature and to communicate mathematical ideas. A great deal of emphasis is placed upon talking, discussion, questioning and exchanging ideas about mathematical activities so that the children can become adept at verbally communicating mathematical ideas and are able to record mathematical activities in a variety of ways, including the use of ICT.
In the summer term the children in Years 1 and 2 sit the NFER Mathematics attainment papers that allow nationally validated comparisons to be made through age standardised scores. Year 2 pupils also undertake the Key Stage 1 tests and tasks.
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