At Our Lady and St. Edward’s we believe that Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and make sense of the world. Mathematics is important in everyday life; it is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas, and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real-life problems. It is essential to all aspects of life and with this in mind we aim to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them.
Maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
It is vital that a positive attitude towards mathematics is encouraged amongst all of our pupils in order to foster confidence and achievement in a skill that is essential in our society. We use the National Curriculum for Mathematics as the foundation of our maths teaching. We aim to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency and reasoning in all subjects so that they understand and appreciate the importance of mathematics.
We are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group to ensure pupils make progress. Assessment for Learning, an emphasis on investigation, problem solving, the development of mathematical thinking and development of teacher subject knowledge are therefore essential components of our approach to Mathematics.
Questionnaires and feedback from pupils illustrate that they enjoy Maths, particularly investigations and practical activities. They talk about Maths with confidence and are enthusiastic in lessons. Many pupils are confident in their abilities and have a competitive approach to many aspects of learning during Maths lessons. Pupils understand why Maths is important both in school and in everyday life. Most pupils demonstrate rapid recall of facts and procedures using prior learning to recognise relationships and connections when exploring new concepts. Pupils use mathematical vocabulary during activities, demonstrating understanding, independence, resilience and the ability to use a range of methods when tackling challenging problems.
Some pupils are able to demonstrate that they have mastered mathematical skills as they can confidently use mathematical language to explain and justify their ideas and apply the concept to new problems and in a variety of unfamiliar contexts.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are able to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
At the end of each cohort year and at the end of each key stage we expect that all pupils to science Age Related Expectations (ARE) with some pupils achieving Greater Depth (GD). Some SEND pupils, even with support and intervention, may not achieve ARE but they will achieve to their full potential demonstrating appropriate progress.