Mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships that provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. It also provides the materials and means for creating new imaginative worlds to explore.
Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum and is taught daily to all pupils throughout the school. It is taught as a single subject as well as through cross-curricular topics. Mathematics transcends cultural and linguistic boundaries and equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. At St. Martin at Shouldham, we endeavour to ensure that children develop an enthusiastic attitude to mathematics and recognise its application to everyday life.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics describes what must be taught in each Key Stage. We follow the 2014 National Curriculum and integrate mathematics with other curriculum areas.
We aim to:
encourage pupils to develop a love of mathematics, and to inspire and challenge themselves
develop pupils' mathematical concepts, skills and knowledge
develop children's confidence and competence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
emphasise the importance of, and the ability to perform, mental calculations
provide opportunities for pupils to use and apply their numeracy skills in a wide range of situations
provide opportunities for mathematical thinking and discussion
develop an understanding of numeracy through a process of enquiry and experiment
We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to use and develop their mathematical skills using ICT and across the broader curriculum, as well as providing opportunities for children to use and apply their mathematical skills in a meaningful context.
Each child will have the opportunity to develop their mathematical understanding by:
using a range of ICT resources and websites to challenge thinking and develop mathematical concepts
a range of challenging activities, games, and problem solving activities that encourage maths discussion
using a range of mental and written strategies to solve problems
work individually, in pairs or in groups
Above all, we want to see children achieve, develop their understanding of key concepts and have fun with maths!