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Our Maths Statement of Intent

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent, reason mathematically and can solve problems. We agree that a high quality Mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

 

At St Thomas’ we use Maths No Problem resources as we are committed to ensuring that every child develops an understanding and love of maths. With the right kind of teaching and support we can ensure this happens.

 

Our Maths curriculum uses a problem solving approach. During each lesson we prioritise the mastery of conceptual Maths understanding through the use of real life/ everyday problems as children explore and investigate. Communication is key as they work alongside peers to reason, explain and justify their thinking using mathematical vocabulary.

Teachers carefully plan open ended, challenging questions which enable our children to make connections, identify patterns and draw conclusions about Mathematical concepts and problem solving.  Misconceptions are addressed as they arise and teachers actively engage children in proving their ideas.

 

During each lesson all children use apparatus as visual aids, as they make progress in the lesson they move towards using pictorial and abstract representations for Mathematical concepts. We focus on making progress from description to evaluation.

We are confident that this Mastery based approach enthuses children about Maths and ensures they can master Mathematical skills and concepts which enable them to continue learning as they progress through school.

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Across the school we are now following the Maths No Problem approach. We are very excited to be teaching our Maths based on this problem solving mastery approach. Maths No Problem uses a mastery teaching approach from Singapore.It is aligned to the 2014 English National Curriculum for Mathematics, the series is used as part of the NCETM’s Maths Hub program. It ensures that children learn to think mathematically and that they make connections and generalisations to help them learn.

 

We will keep you informed but please speak to your child's class teacher if you would like more information about this. Also please see the Calculations Policy below if you would like further information about how your children are learning to calculate.

 

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