The Maths Curriculum Intention
Through the maths curriculum we encourage perseverance, resilience and the understanding that in order to progress it is necessary to make mistakes along the way.
Pupils should learn about:
Number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions and decimals, ratio and proportion, algebra, measurement, geometry and statistics.
- At St Joseph’s we follow the White Rose maths scheme in order to ensure a mastery approach to learning mathematics. We aim to develop a secure understanding of mathematical concepts which allows children to grow in confidence and gives them the tools to tackle more advanced mathematical problems.
- We feel that it is essential that the children develop a good understanding of mathematic fundamentals in order to make progress. We encourage the development of mental maths strategies in order to ensure an understanding of mathematical processes.
- We make time within the curriculum to frequently return to previous material via short, sharp sessions in order to ingrain mathematical methods and understanding.
- Once mathematical fundamentals are in place we endeavour to provide challenging tasks for our children that will develop independent and creative thinking around maths problems. All children partake and we encourage collaborative learning and lots of group discussion.
- We encourage the use of games and puzzles within maths lessons as we believe that they develop fluency and reasoning skills and , most importantly, make maths enjoyable and provide an environment in which children do not fear maths.
- We encourage a positive attitude towards learning in maths and instil a belief that attempting difficult questions and making mistakes will enhance progress. We believe that this develops both the skills and approach necessary for the children to continue to make progress in secondary school.