We aim to cultivate a love, enjoyment and enthusiasm for mathematics so children leave our school with high mathematical standards, alongside confidence in numerical thinking and reasoning. It is important that children have solid conceptual understanding and efficiency in procedural approaches. We enable children to make connections between concrete materials, models and images, mathematical language, symbolic representations and prior learning. We ensure that children have opportunities to practise the key skills to secure the building blocks in mathematical learning whilst building the understanding and knowledge to apply these skills into more complex activities, through a consistent, positive, whole-school approach.
Aims and Objectives
At Our Lady of Good Help, we ensure children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language;
- 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.
These aims are based on the rationale that all children should receive their full entitlement to a mathematics curriculum that is broadly balanced and develops progressively throughout their school life. It will provide a sound foundation for future learning in mathematics and become relevant in their future life.
The head teacher (Miss Peacock) has overall responsibility for the provision of mathematics whilst the day-to-day implementation of school policy is the responsibility of the mathematics leader – Mr. McQuiston.