A high quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world. We develop the ability to notice patterns and make connections in every aspect of life. This is mastery. The ability to explain, justify and reason for these observations is the application of the mental arithmetic and mathematical fluency. Through open-ended investigations, children develop an appreciation for the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
GEMS Jumeirah Primary School teaches a bespoke curriculum using the Mathematics curriculum of England, tailored with the latest research of Mathematics Mastery from the National Centre for the Excellence of Teaching Maths (NCETM), the Shanghai Maths Project, White Rose and the Singapore approach. The common focus through each of these research studies is on securing an understanding in the subject by developing a greater depth. The children are provided with opportunities to develop their ability to calculate fluently, to reason and solve problems through the application of their knowledge via their transferable skills. These transferable skills are thread throughout our learning at JPS using High Performance Learning (HPL).
Through careful and thorough planning, Mathematics at GEMS Jumeirah Primary school is taught in mixed ability groups. By doing so, the school aims to provide more personalised opportunities for all children to achieve their potential. Each lesson is planned using a progressive system of Bloom's taxonomy, allowing each lesson to develop in skills, as well as knowledge, whilst providing opportunities for all children to progress from their individual starting points. Children work independently and collaboratively, in pairs and groups, which exposes all children to a higher level of spoken language, vocabulary and reasoning and provides opportunities for children to be supported and to be supporters of their peers. Differentiated questions are planned and asked in order to provoke thought and wonder, not always necessarily to result in a fixed answer, to develop higher-order thinking skills and depth of understanding. Children are often asked to draw a visual representation, write a mathematical calculation and verbally explain their thought process to deepen their understanding and communication skills.
Mathematics is essential to everyday life so real-life application is incorporated through cross curricular links, particularly with STEAM. This gives the children an opportunity to see purpose within Mathematics and use real-life examples to deepen their understanding and inform them of the necessity for mathematics in everyday life.
The annual JPS Maths Day celebrates the subject of mathematics and provides the children with an exciting opportunity to showcase their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding within a different purposeful context.