Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Saint Nicholas Primary School to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding, enabling all to flourish. At Saint Nicholas, we foster positive attitudes and we promote the fact that ‘Everyone can do maths’. We believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and teach towards a deep understanding and security of mathematical concepts through manageable steps. Using mistakes and misconceptions is an essential part of our learning and we provide challenges through a range of rich and sophisticated problems. At Saint Nicholas, the majority of children will be taught the content from their year group. They will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge in multiple ways. We aim for all pupils to:
∙ Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
∙ Be able to solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios.
∙ Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, develop and present a justification, argument or proof using a range of appropriate mathematical language.
∙ Have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, effectively and accurately.