Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners.
Children delight in using mathematics to solve a problem, especially when it leads them to an unexpected discovery or new connections. As their confidence grows, they look for patterns, use logical reasoning, suggest solutions and try out different approaches to problems. Mathematics stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in life beyond school.
We aim for our children to:
- Be numerate in everyday life.
- Have an understanding of the world, an ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the power of maths and an enjoyment and curiosity for the subject.
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice.
- Develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Reason mathematically, seeing relationships and generalisations, applying strategies and using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non- routine problems.
- Show mastery and greater depth skills.
Maths also occurs in many cross-curricular ways. It can appear in a variety of lessons such as history, geography, art, computing and PE and we believe it is important for our children to see this links and the value of maths.
We assess our children’s mathematical ability and learning through ongoing assessment linked to the National Curriculum. This takes place both formative and summative assessment termly and within lessons to support the progress of our children.