While we do focus on the explicit teaching of mathematical knowledge, it is important for students to be able to apply their knowledge in different situations. Students in Year 4 are expected to collaborate and investigate ways to use and develop their shared understanding of maths in problem solving and investigative situations. Teachers will support and encourage students to explain their thinking and give reasons to back up the decisions they make. Sometimes teachers will play devil’s advocate and say, “Convince me!” or, “How do you know you are right?”. When students explain their thinking aloud, they may self-correct and see the strengths and weaknesses in each other’s approaches. Many students need encouragement and support to explain their ideas in full sentences and to really listen to the exact wording of questions to ensure their answers are clear, concise and relevant.
Ms Jude Handscombe, Year 4 Leader