Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems.
It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
HEAD: Develop critical thinking and reasoning skills to solve problems. Encourage pupils to consider the efficiency of methods and build mathematical fluency.
HEART: Value the contributions of all learners and encourage pupils to share knowledge with others. Develop a love of the subject and build resilience when faced with challenging tasks.
HANDS: Start with the concrete before moving to the abstract. Be contextual and relatable to pupils. Involve creative, engaging activities and make use of a variety of resources including outdoor learning.
Our primary aim in mathematics is to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into distinct areas, but pupils will make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
Formative judgements are made through observations, marking and recorded through Teacher App. Summative assessments are usually made at the end of each term through a triangulation of observations, evidence in books and assessment tasks stated in the medium term plans.
The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.