The aims of our maths teaching at St Joseph’s are set in line with the aims of the National Curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We understand that pupils need to learn basic number facts and acquire fluency in procedures, alongside developing conceptual understanding if they are to be able to solve increasingly complex problems in life and the workplace.
The purpose of mathematics in our school is to ensure:
· all staff have high expectations of all our children
· quality first teaching which impacts on all children making progress · a mastery approach to the teaching of maths which fits in with the needs of our school and children
· mathematical concepts are embedded and children’s mathematical understanding is deepened
· the use of multiple representations and a Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach to tackling mathematical problems
· a culture where all children are encouraged and have a ‘can do’ attitude
· a positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the relevance of mathematics in the real world
· 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
· our children have the ability to communicate mathematics
· we create a vocabulary rich environment, where talk for maths is a key learning tool for all pupils
· all children have an understanding of mathematical vocabulary and use this with confidence
· our children apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
· an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment
· our children understand factual, procedural and conceptual processes
· our children are able to recall and apply knowledge quickly and accurately
· our children have ample opportunities to consolidate and reinforce mathematical learning
We want to foster a belief in our children that given the right teaching, a range of resources, thinking time and effort and determination will help them succeed at mathematics.