At St Mary’s R.C. Primary School we believe that mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real-life problems.
It is our aim to develop:
- a positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of mathematics.
- competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.
- an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
- initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.
- an ability to communicate mathematics.
- an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real-life situations.
- an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.
Our teaching of mathematics is based on the Mathematics Programme of Study in the revised National Curriculum (2014) and supported by a variety of resources including Abacus Maths, Maths Makes Sense, Target your Maths, Sumdog and Mymaths.
The approach to the teaching of mathematics within the school is based on:
- a mathematics lesson every day in Key Stage 1 and 2, with a clear focus on direct instructional teaching, and interactive oral work with both the whole class and smaller ability groups.
- through both child-initiated and adult-led activities in Reception.