Maths in the Curriculum
Mathematics is an important creative and highly inter-connected discipline that is essential to everyday life; it also helps us to understand and make changes to the world. We want all pupils at St Paul’s to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding.
At St Paul’s we foster positive can do attitudes and we promote the fact that ‘We can all do maths!’ We believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through small, manageable steps. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems and reasoning. At our school, the majority of children will be taught the content from their year group only. They will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with their new knowledge and understanding 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 maths understanding 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 and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
- have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.
- use and understand mathematical language and recognise its importance as a language for communication and thinking.
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. The school follows a maths mastery scheme developed by White Rose Hub. The aim of this curriculum is to produce an ambitious, connected curriculum accessible to all pupils from Reception to the end of Year 6.
By the end of KS2 we aim for children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. They should have the skills to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios. Children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
How children learn about maths
Maths is a wonderful subject. Below is a document that our maths lead, Debbie Gamble, wrote to explain how we teach maths and how children learn.
The school follows the White Rose Hub scheme. Details of skills progression can be found at the following link: