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Maths

Statement of Intent

Imagine – We want children to know that maths has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. Children are encouraged to use their imagination in maths. Using an ever expanding vocabulary they will develop an ability to imagine and explore their mathematical ideas. Their imagination will be fed through experiencing challenging maths problems. Our children will know that maths is a creative and highly interconnected subject. They will explore learning through unique, individual and systematic approaches.

Kind – Children are encouraged to observe, acknowledge and represent kindness and are taught to consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others. Our children will learn to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Through maths they will acquire knowledge of the world and build on what they already know. We will provide a foundation for understanding the world around them and develop a sense of curiosity and appreciation of the beauty that maths provides.

Challenge – Our children will be challenged to explore a range of maths problems. They will participate in deep thinking, discussions and presentations of their maths understanding and they will be equipped with a strong command of mathematical reasoning skills and vocabulary. They will be challenged to become fluent in the fundamentals of maths, reason mathematically and solve problems by applying their maths skills. Children will develop a can-do approach to maths and know that they can achieve well if they have a positive (growth) mind-set.

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Responsible – Children will know that maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. Our children will be responsible for maintaining attention and participating actively in maths. They will be responsible for their learning through a curious and inquisitive approach. They will ask questions, and delve into maths questions showing an ever deeper understanding. They will develop ways of understanding the meaning of new vocabulary and be responsible for using this in their own maths verbal reasoning written statements.

Reflective – Our children will reflect deeply on their maths learning and to know the purpose behind their learning. They will learn through making mistakes and being challenged by others. They will know that current mistakes and misunderstandings are the gateway to a better understanding tomorrow. They will listen carefully, reflecting and responding appropriately to peers and adults. They will make rich connections across mathematical ideas and vocabulary, helping to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem-solving. This will help children apply their mathematical knowledge in other subjects and to every-day life.

Care – Our children will show particular care towards maths learning. They will take care to think and ponder ideas. They will reason thoughtfully and solve ever demanding problems systematically. They will take care to organise their ideas before explaining their reasoning. They will take care of their maths presentation and form numbers, symbols and pictures correctly and fluently ensuring their maths is legible and of a high quality presentation. We will take care to provide a maths curriculum accessible to all, regardless of any barriers and obstacles and show children they can be successful and enjoy maths.

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