At Middlethorpe we recognise that mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. Therefore we recognise the importance of a high quality mathematics curriculum. Through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and problem solve, a high quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The aims of Mathematics are:
- to promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion
- for children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately
- for children to be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, hypothesising about relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- for children to be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication
- for children to be able to demonstrate and develop effective learning behaviours such as: perseverance, collaboration, questioning and organisation
- to develop children’s understanding of the importance of Mathematics in everyday life
Mathematics will be taught as a core lesson every day. This will usually be an hour a day. Where possible, children will all engage in the objectives specified in the National Curriculum for their year group. Where this is not possible, teachers are expected to differentiate appropriately.