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Clapham Manor Primary School Prospectus

Mathematics As one of

Mathematics As one of the core subjects in the National Curriculum we expect all pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. We introduce varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. We want children to reason mathematically, solve problems and apply their mathematical knowledge to Science and other subjects. The subject includes strands in Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics. We believe all children should learn Mathematics to help them to understand the world and appreciate the beauty and power of Mathematics. We aim to make children feel confident by helping to make connections and links between ideas, knowledge and the real world – through investigations, discussions and experiments. We want to ensure that making mistakes in Mathematics is seen as a crucial part of the learning process, giving an insight into what has been misunderstand or misinterpreted – these mistakes act as a vehicle for new learning to tackle misconceptions and deepen understanding. All children have a specific Mathematics lesson every day, enhanced by a basic skills lesson with a focus on rapid recall and basic number facts and calculation. These lessons contribute towards improving efficiency and fluency of calculation in line with the new national expectations. Teachers use the ‘Lancashire Planning Support’ scheme of work alongside other resources. This caters for a wide range of abilities to provide the children a rich variety of mathematical experiences and opportunities to enable them to use and apply their skills. The skills and knowledge gained in these specific lessons are then applied through other subjects and in real life experiences at Natural Thinkers and activities in the Food Lab. Whole school Mathematics Days and monthly newsletter challenges provide children and their families opportunities to collaborate whilst solving mathematical problems. These are celebrated around the school in assemblies and on the Maths Blog. 13 Clapham Manor Primary School

Science As one of the three core subjects of the National Curriculum, Science is a highly valued subject at Clapham Manor School. Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. At our school we encourage children to understand and relate what they are learning in class to their real lives in order to give them a better understanding of the world. At Clapham Manor, we believe scientific enquiry is at the heart of Science teaching. Through this, we aim to encourage the natural curiosity that children have about themselves and their surroundings. We provide children with the opportunity to develop their own questions and to consider ways of finding out answers, fostering problem solving skills, gaining ownership over their own learning and ultimately a better understanding of scientific concepts. They are encouraged to observe, raise questions, make predictions, experiment and record their findings. This includes developing the ability to examine things systematically, select and sort information, understand the features of a fair test and to be able to collect and consider evidence. Science is taught weekly throughout the school through a variety of topics according to the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum (e.g. Materials, Keeping Healthy, Forces, Electricity, The Earth and Beyond). Work is planned and tailored to the needs of each class using a range of resources including the ‘Snap Science’ planning scheme. Children are assessed in Science through assessment tests alongside teacher observations of their work and discussions during lessons. Science is also promoted though an annual Science and Engineering Week, exploration of Big Science Questions (questions relating to the wonders of the natural world), a range of Science trips, visitors and workshops and through our school Science Fair. Through these, we aim to equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science for both today and for the future. Clapham Manor Primary School 14

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