At St. Julie we aim to inspire all children to reach their full academic potential. In mathematics this means ensuring a curriculum that is fully inclusive of all children which:
- Develops children’s knowledge and understanding of Mathematical concepts whilst enabling them to practice and hone skills and methods
- Enables them to think critically and communicate their understanding
- Gives them opportunities to apply learnt mathematical skills in different contexts across the curriculum
- Provides opportunities to develop problem solving skills useful for maths and across the curriculum
This policy is set within the context of the school’s vision, aims and policy on teaching and learning. As a result of their learning in mathematics and problem solving across the curriculum children will:
- Be prepared for applying their skills effectively in everyday life situations, in their future learning and in the workplace
- Have the building blocks in place and to provide a solid foundation to lead onto secondary, further and higher education
The purpose of mathematics in our school is to develop:
- A positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the relevance of mathematics in the real world
- Competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
- An ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately
- Initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others
- Confident communication of maths where pupils ask and answer questions, openly share work and learn from mistakes
- An ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
- An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and investigation
The National Curriculum states that:
‘Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.’
At St Julie we promote the 3 main aims of maths as outlined in the National Curriculum, which are to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent tice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
'Good mathematics is not about how many answers you know....it's about how you behave and persevere when you don't know'
Maths Ambassadors are chosen for their love of Maths across the school. We felt this was an amazing opportunity for children, who are interested and passionate about Maths, to shine!
Maths Ambassador roles and responsibilities:
- To share a love of maths with their class.
- To celebrate achievements.
- To introduce competitions and new ideas.
- To raise the profile of maths in school.
- To lead activities relating to maths.
- To give the pupils in their class a voice and help them to share their ideas.
- To support other members of the school.
The Maths Ambassadors are made up of pupils from Y2 - Y6
Year 2: Joel and Thea
Year 3: Sofia and Seth
Year 4: Harrison and Benji
Year 5: Isaac and Amelia
Year 6: Atarah, Alanna and Charlie