Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, which encourages a sense of awe, enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum and at St Joseph’s we follow the New Mathematics Programme of Study for 2014. We use this as the basis for our teaching and planning of the statutory requirements of mathematics throughout our school.
Our Mathematics Curriculum has three aims:
- That our pupils are fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics: reading and writing numbers, place value, the four operations (including number bonds and multiplication tables), shape, space and measure. To provide pupils with the opportunity to deepen their mathematical knowledge and understanding through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time (enabling pupils’ to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately).
- That our pupils have the ability to reason mathematically, through following a line of enquiry, identifying any relationships or making generalisations. Our pupils are confident in developing a mathematical argument using appropriate and precise mathematical vocabulary.
- Our pupils can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems. This means being able to work systematically, creatively, collaboratively and independently. They can solve problems with increasing sophistication and are able to break these down into a series of simpler steps and have the determination to persevere to find solutions.
During Key Stage 1 our pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. They work with numerals, words and the four operations. We ensure pupils have the opportunity to use practical resources (for example, concrete objects and measuring tools) to develop their knowledge and understanding.
In Key Stage 2 we teach our pupils to become confident and fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. Pupils develop efficient written and mental methods (including being able to recall multiplication tables up to 12X12) and perform calculations accurately with whole and decimal numbers. Pupils classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and learn the vocabulary they need to describe them. They develop their mathematical reasoning so they can analyse and solve problems.
At St Joseph’s we hope that our pupils will develop confidence in using and applying mathematics and learn to enjoy its challenges. This will help them to be economically aware and self-sufficient in their later lives.
Parents may obtain more information from the following sources:
- Parents’ ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings at the beginning of the academic year
- Class Termly Newsletters
- Parent Workshops held throughout the year