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Kelvin Grove Primary School

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Kelvin Grove
Primary School

Mathematics

The National Curriculum states that a ‘high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.’

In Nursery and Reception we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

From Year 1 to Year 4, children are taught in mixed ability classes and in Years 5 and 6, they are taught in ability sets. At Kelvin Grove, teachers plan exciting and engaging lessons which both support and challenge children’s mathematical understanding. They are given a range of exciting problem solving activities and are actively encouraged to practise and refine mental calculation strategies on a regular basis leading to increased levels of mathematical fluency. Written calculations are introduced when appropriate and children are encouraged to move towards the standard written methods when they are ready.

Information Technology (ICT)

At Kelvin Grove, we continue to invest substantial time and resources into developing our ICT provision. Although we cannot know what future awaits our children, we can confidently predict that a solid grounding of ICT skills will serve them well.

ICT permeates almost every aspect of the curriculum. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, enabling teachers to design dynamic lessons that involve the whole class. Digital cameras, scanners and MP3 recorders aid the children in recording their work immediately, accurately and in a variety of forms. Classes use our well-equipped ICT suite to explore an exciting and stimulating range of software. Our wireless network and banks of laptops add flexibility that releases ICT from the suite, fully integrating it into school life.

We are now in the process of building a ‘virtual’ Kelvin Grove that will even further increase access to learning. We hope this will strengthen home-school links by providing online learning material, portfolios of children’s work, parent-friendly assessment data, current school information and an array of discussion forums. By providing these tools and information, we aim to open new parent/child and parent/school dialogues. With an ever-expanding range of technologies available both in and outside of school, we feel it is important that we educate our children about the responsibilities and potentially negative aspects associated with some new technologies. Through portals such as internet safety lessons and cyber-bullying workshops, we aim to guide them in how to make informed decisions so that they can enjoy and achieve whilst staying happy, healthy and safe.

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