At St Paul’s, we promote collaborative learning and the sharing of ideas in mathematics. Mistakes are celebrated as we can learn from them and learning is seen as a process. The opportunity to revisit and repeat learning is incorporated in lessons so that learning can be embedded and retained.
Mathematics is a life-skill. We want our children to appreciate the importance of mathematics in everyday life. We want our children to be active and curious learners of mathematics; to enjoy learning through a range of experiences and be confident and competent with their knowledge of the number system and when dealing with numbers. We aim for our children to be secure in the key mathematical skills and in the application of these skills when reasoning and solving complex problems. As well as acquiring core mathematical knowledge and skills, we feel it is essential that our pupils are equipped with vital tools for everyday life: the ability skills to reason, solve problems in a range of contexts, identify and interpret patterns and oracy to explain their thinking.
Mathematics is taught at least 5 times a week and lessons incorporate relatively small carefully sequenced steps which provide challenge for all. Children work on the same tasks and engage in discussion. Children who rapidly grasp concepts are challenged through more demanding problems that promote reasoning skills and mathematical connectivity that deepens their understanding and knowledge.
We believe that it is essential children have opportunities to practise and recall mathematical facts and are exposed to a variety of concrete (practical resources) and pictorial (symbols and pictures) models in order to develop their fluency and understanding.
The acquisition of basic facts, such as number bonds and times tables is fundamental; this frees up children’s working memory to solve complex problems. ‘Mini Maths Moments’ (opportunities to chant maths facts as we go about our daily lives) provide opportunities to practise key facts and embed mathematical fluency. In addition, KS2 classes have a pupil-targeted basic skills session once a week.
Specific programmes, intervention sessions and booster classes are also provided to target children with gaps in their learning and to extend higher attaining learners. As a school we participate in events such as the Mayor’s challenge and have an annual Maths Week.