Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many people to the development and application of mathematics. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides 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.
At Our Lady of Lourdes, we aim for all children to have a strong understanding of the basic skills of Mathematics so that they can access all learning at their level. We will equip pupils with the confidence and skills needed to solve mathematical problems in the classroom and a real life context. The focus of fluency, reasoning and problem solving provides children with a repertoire of skills to enable them to use and apply efficient methods of calculation.
We aim for all pupils to be confident to:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly, mentally and accurately.
- be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios.
- represent their understanding in a variety of forms including concrete, pictorial and abstract examples.
- apply their prior learning to a range of mathematical concepts and apply these to real life contexts.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language accurately within their thinking and reasoning.
- 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.