At St. James', we believe that mathematics is a tool for life. It is an essential life skill that is used throughout our daily lives. We aim to ensure that every child leaves school with high standards of numeracy so that they have the best chance of succeeding in the modern world. Throughout our school community, we strive to give pupils opportunities to solve problems and reason mathematically in real-life contexts.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
‐ become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
‐ reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
‐ can 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.
In our teaching of mathematics at St James', we aim to:
· Promote an enjoyment and love of maths.
· Enable pupils to have opportunities for mathematical thinking and discussion.
· Provide opportunities for pupils to demonstrate and use their mathematics.
· Give pupils opportunities to use maths in everyday situations and a problem-solving context.
· Instil confidence in using mathematics.
· Help pupils recognise that mathematics is a search for pattern and relationship.
· Instil a fascination for mathematics and the manipulation of numbers.
· Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own learning.