Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and development, and in public decision making. Different cultures have contributed to the development and application of mathematics. Today, the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections.
Purpose of the Curriculum:
(What will a high quality Maths education do for our children?)
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through 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.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Aim of the Curriculum:
(What does the Maths curriculum aim to ensure all pupils know or can do?)
- developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures – the proficiency of Maths
- providing opportunities to apply mathematical learning to a range of real-life contexts in mathematics and in other subject areas
- encouraging the skills required to communicate ideas about mathematics
- fostering a sense of inquiry and an enthusiasm and enjoyment for the nature of mathematics
- encouraging an ability to think clearly and logically, with sufficient flexibility of mind, to work independently
- developing the acquisition of appropriate mathematical language and the ability to describe accurately and unambiguously.
To fulfill these requirements our pupils should:
- have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system
- know by heart number facts
- use what they know by heart to figure out answers mentally
- calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and with pencil and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies
- recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator, and be able to do so effectively
- make sense of number problems, including non-routine problems, and recognise the operations needed to solve them
- explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical terms
- judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary
- Suggest suitable units for measuring, and make sensible estimates of measurements;
- explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables;
- develop spatial awareness and have an understanding of the properties of 2-D and 3D shapes
- use patterns and relationships in mathematics to solve puzzles and problems about numbers and shapes
How We Teach Mathematics:
At St Mary and St Margaret's we teach mathematics in blocks (that usually last 3-4 weeks) so that children have time to develop a deep understanding of the concepts being taught. Below is a document for each year group that details the order these blocks are taught throughout the year. Also below you can find a curriculum overview for each year group. These overviews give more detail about the objectives covered in each block.