Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. At St Saviour’s CofE Academy we believe that a high-quality mathematics education provides pupils with 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.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics;
• reason mathematically;
• can solve problems by applying their mathematics.
(National Curriculum mathematics – September 2013)
Through the mastery approach, we reinforce the expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving a high standard in maths, and we aim to support pupils to become confident mathematicians who enjoy maths and are excited by the challenge this subject offers.
The maths curriculum is underpinned by methodically designed long and medium term plans which build sequentially on key concepts, breaking them down into manageable steps that are studied in depth. Pupils, especially those who are quick to grasp concepts, are challenged through rich and sophisticated mathematical problems and reasoning opportunities. Teachers use formative and summative assessment to plan lessons that build on prior learning and address the needs of their class. Those who have not fully grasped content or have misconceptions will be supported to be in a position to access subsequent lessons.
Through practice, pupils develop fluency in the key concepts, including the recall and application of number facts, such as times tables and addition and subtraction facts. Precise mathematical language is modelled and discussed by teachers, and pupils use this to explain their reasoning, methods and approaches.