Our School Vision for Mathematics
A high-quality mathematics education 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)
At St Paul’s all our children are given the opportunity to develop their mathematical potential through a rich, engaging curriculum. We want our children to feel confident in using and applying mathematics in a wide range of situations.
We believe that mathematics is uniquely powerful in helping us to make sense of, and describe our world and in enabling us to solve problems. It is a fascinating subject, dealing with the nature of number, space, pattern and relationships. Useful and creative, it requires not only facts and skills, but also understanding gained through exploration, application and discussion.
In mathematics we aim to develop lively, enquiring minds encouraging pupils to become self motivated, confident and capable in order to solve problems that will become an integral part of their future. We hope that all our children will use a growth mindset to grow and nurture a love of mathematics.
In KS1 maths learning starts to become more formal through our use of 'Rising Stars' Maths. We continue to engage the children in lots of practical maths and make links to other subject areas.
We are currently updating the calculation policy in line with our use of the White Rose Maths Hub planning. The Calculation Policy as we began 2017-18 is as follows:
KS2 ~ in year 3-6 the children are developing independence in their mathematical learning. We have working walls to support their thinking and learning.
If you would like to support your children with their maths learning there are some great ideas on the website National Numeracy Parent Toolkit. All our children have a log in for Mathletics which gives them chance to develop greater fluency of number facts and to practise their learning at home. Follow these links for other useful websites.