At Morda, our vision is to foster a love for mathematics and to develop pupils who are confident and resilient when faced with mathematical challenges. We aim to create pupils who are fluent mathematicians who can problem solve and reason confidently. We want children to become adept at tackling number operations on paper, but who are also confident at mental arithmetic and have a quick recall of number facts. At Morda. children are made aware of the everyday purposes of maths and how the skills are essential and necessary in the real world beyond school.
Through our Maths Mastery approach, pupils establish a deep and thorough understanding of number. Children develop their mathematical knowledge first through manipulating physical apparatus, then by tackling problems represented by pictures and diagrams and finally by using abstract mathematical symbols. Children work together, supporting each other in their learning, showing compassion for others and the courage to “have a go”. This approach gives children the depth of understanding that they can then apply to new and unfamiliar mathematical problems.
Morda pupils become eager mathematicians who enjoy a challenge. They are taught to look for patterns, notice relationships, reason and explain in order to clarify their understanding. They are supported through carefully structured sequences of learning where each mathematical concept is built upon, step by step. Through carefully planned questioning, children’s mathematical understanding is deepened and expanded. Through repetition and practise, children work towards automaticity. For example : being able to recall times table facts without having to think too hard. Pupils are taught number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, shape and space, data handling and measures systematically throughout the school.