At Castledon School, we have developed a unique approach to teaching mathematics that focuses on equipping our students with practical skills for life. We value teaching the skills that students need to function in their daily lives and work, such as understanding the value of money and being able to plan their time effectively. Our aim is to develop confidence and resilience in meaningful and memorable ways.
We regularly take our students into the community to apply mathematical skills and show them how maths is an integral part of life. We provide opportunities throughout the year to help students understand the role of maths in life and work, and to promote potential avenues for employment that require mathematical skills and interest. We do this through activities such as STEAM Week, Apprenticeships Week, World Maths Day, and immersion days.
Our maths lessons provide a strong foundation for our students to thrive and reach their full potential. We use a variety of resources, including real-life equipment, mathematical resources, images, and visuals, to help students understand the four fundamental operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. We also expose students to an expanding range of mathematical vocabulary and concepts, such as shape and measurement, and encourage them to explore how these concepts relate to real-life scenarios.
Overall, our goal is to help our students appreciate the significance of mathematics in daily life, and to support them in developing essential skills and knowledge that will serve them well beyond the classroom.