Ss Peter & Paul Statement of Intent for Mathematics
Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?
Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Ss Peter and Paul Primary School to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding. At Ss Peter and Paul Primary School we foster positive can do attitudes and we promote the fact that everyone can do maths. We believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems. We offer an enriched curriculum whereby maths is developed and enjoyed in all aspects of school life and with the whole community e.g. fundraising, events and initiatives reflecting local and global themes. We strive to ensure that all children develop a positive attitude towards maths and numeracy and become confident, life-long mathematicians.
We aim for all pupils to:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
- have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.
What do we teach? What does this look like?
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. We teach a daily mathematics lesson with other opportunities to practise and develop skills.
We use the Dfe recommended curriculum programme Power Maths which is a mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in mathematics. We supplement this with other quality resources such as Tara Loughran’s Build a Sequence, Nrich and NCETM.
What will this look like? We believe our children will:
- acquire an enjoyment and love of mathematics
- develop positive attitudes to mathematics
- demonstrate and use their mathematics confidently within their everyday lives
- understand that mathematics is a powerful tool for communication
- be able to reason, think logically, solve problems and work systematically and accurately
- make mathematical links with other areas of the curriculum and become aware of the uses of mathematics in the wider world
- develop personal qualities such as resilience, stamina, independence, co-operation and self confidence
- go forward with the mathematical skills that are essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment
- have an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and