- “Without mathematics there is nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics.” Shakuntala Devi
“There should be no such thing as boring mathematics” Edsger Dijkstra
Our purpose of study for Maths
Maths is all around us and essential to everyday life. It has many connections with creative subjects and is critical to science, technology and engineering. It is integral to our lives as adults. Our purpose is to provide a solid foundation in maths.
At Little Paxton Primary School, we have adopted a mastery approach in order to deliver the three aims of the National Curriculum, fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Underpinning this pedagogy is a belief that all children can achieve in maths. We strive to promote children to become engaged and inspired in maths through memorable activities which challenge and promote high expectations.
Our aims for maths
We aim to create independent mathematicians who are well equipped to apply their learning to the wider world. Our approach aims to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to develop independence, confidence and to become competent (‘mastery’) in maths in order to be independent mathematicians who are well equipped to apply their learning to the wider world. Our aims are to create mathematicians with a depth in understanding of number and to allow all children the chance to be able to reason, problem solve and dive deeper in every lesson. We have a progressive approach to learning where the children build and deepen their prior learning as they journey through the school.
Our content for maths
Maths is taught across the curriculum and linked with subjects such as PE, Science and Art/DT. We believe in promoting sustained and deepening understanding by employing a variety of mastery strategies, with teaching for conceptual understanding at the heart of everything we do.
At Little Paxton Primary School, Maths is a creative, fun and engaging subject, with strong connections to our day-to-day lives. Our Maths curriculum develops children to be fluent mathematicians, able to solve mathematical problems, and able to reason confidently using mathematical language. A mathematician needs to be:
• Analytical – able to spot similarities and differences
• Critical – able to identify problems and mistakes
• A problem solver – resilient enough to approach a problem from different angles
• Inquisitive – want to know why, and how things work
• Precise – able to understand precisely what is, what is not, and what is a grey area
• Efficient – able to select and use appropriate strategies to solve problems quickly.