Mathematics is a vital part of everyday life, providing a means of viewing and making sense of the world. It is vital that children are aware of the importance of mathematics beyond the classroom and can use and apply the knowledge, skills and understanding they acquire. It is necessary to provide firm foundations for subsequent mathematical learning and for everyday life in general.
At St. Thomas' we aim to provide every child with an equal entitlement to a broad and balanced Maths curriculum via which continuity, differentiation and relevance can be catered for.
1. We aim to offer a Maths curriculum that is based on the New Primary Framework for mathematics, which is non-sexist, non-racist, appropriate and accessible to the needs and abilities of all our pupils.
2. To enable every child to enjoy mathematics. We aim to nurture positive attitudes by matching the task to the child. We believe that successful learning enables the child to develop the confidence to meet the challenge of new work.
3. To ensure account is taken of what the child already knows when planning maths activities. The revised framework actively encourages this.
4. To give children a firm basis of knowledge and skills so that they are numerate and able to work flexibly and think clearly.
5. To enable children to work as part to find appropriate strategies for problem solving.
6. To lead children towards the idea that maths is a creative activity, involving imagination, intuition and discovery.
“Mathematics is not only taught because it is useful. It should also be a source of delight and wonder, offering pupils intellectual excitement and an appreciation of its essential creativity.”
(Non Statutory Guidance 1:25)