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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 do not follow a set scheme. We encourage teachers to make use of a wide variety of resources. Our teachers adopt a flexible, pragmatic approach in order to tailor their teaching to the specific needs of the children within their own classes.
  • 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 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.

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