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Maths

Intent

In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for mathematics we aim to ensure that all children:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • Are able to reason mathematically
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics
  • At St Marys, these skills are developed consistently over time and embedded throughout Maths lessons. We are unswerving in ensuring that children are able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in across a range of different contexts as well as recognising the importance of Maths in the wider world.  We want all children to enjoy and experience success in maths. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject and in doing so develop their reasoning skills.  As our children leave us at St Mary’s we hope that they are confident and competent mathematicians ready to use apply their skills.

Implementation

Foundation Stage

In Early Years, the maths teaching objectives are delivered through all areas of the EYFS curriculum. As well as planned for, focused maths sessions, the objectives are met through the enabling environment and child initiated learning. By the end of the foundation stage it is expected that our children will be confident and competent in using key mathematical skills.

Key Stage 1

  • By the end of Key Stage 1 we expect children to be taught skills, knowledge and understanding through:
  • Practical activity, exploration and discussion
  • Using mathematical ideas in practical activities then recording these using objects, pictures, diagrams, words, numbers and symbols
  • Estimating, drawing and measuring in a range of practical contexts
  • Drawing inferences from data in practical activities
  • Exploring and using a variety of resources and materials including ICT
  • Activities that encourage them to make connections between number work and other aspects of their work in mathematics.
  • Relate Maths to other areas of the curriculum through a Creative Curriculum.

Key Stage Two

  • By the end of Key Stage 2 we expect children to have been taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through:
  • Activities that extend their understanding of the number system to include integers, fractions and decimals
  • Approximately and estimating more systematically in their work in mathematics
  • Using patterns and relationships in a range of contexts
  • Drawing inferences from data in practical activities and recognising the inference between meaningful and misleading representations of data
  • Exploring and using a variety of resources and materials including ICT
  • Activities in which pupils decide when the use of calculators is appropriate and then use them effectively
  • Using mathematics in their work in other subjects
  • Regular opportunities to engage in mathematical investigation to extend and challenge the pupils and develop their ability to use and apply mathematical knowledge.
  • Relate Maths to other areas of the curriculum through a Creative Curriculum.