“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.” (National Curriculum 2014)
The National Curriculum (2014) aims to ensure that all children:
· Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics;
· Reason mathematically through enquiry skills; and
· Can solve problems by applying the strategies they know.
The purpose of mathematics at St Margaret Mary’s RC Primary School is to:
Develop a positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the relevance of mathematics in the real world
Ensure competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge and skills
Develop and ability to reason, solve problems, think logically and work systematically and accurately
Develop both children’s independence and cooperation with one another
Develop an ability to communicate mathematics
Develop an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
Good learning at St Margaret Mary’s takes place when students are given opportunities to solve problems by developing their understanding and making links between different areas of mathematics and applying their skills.
Good teaching at St Margaret Mary’s enables good learning to take place. It involves creating an appropriate environment in which students can respond to high levels of expectation and challenge. They are kept on the edge of their thinking.
A link to the National Curriculum is included below:
There have been changes to expectations at the end of each phase under the new curriculum, challenging the children to ensure that they are fluent in their knowledge, are able to reason and solve mathematical problems.