Maths at St Joseph’s
The intent of the St. Joseph’s Mathematics curriculum is to ensure that all children are well prepared for the next stage of their education and for futures post-18. We aim to provide an ambitious and engaging Mathematics curriculum along with high quality teaching to produce individuals who are numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. It is our intent to provide a stimulating environment and adequate resources so that pupils can develop their mathematical skills to the full. Our ambition is for all children not to simply do Maths, but to fully understand Maths enabling them to make substantial and sustained progress as they journey through St. Joseph’s, working within their age related expectations, or wherever possible, at greater depth.
The intent for all staff at St. Joseph’s is for all of our children to be strong mathematicians because they:
- can recall and apply their knowledge confidently and efficiently;
- are secure in using written methods for which they have a clear understanding;
- have a strong conceptual understanding of maths; its structures and its relationships;
- are able to use and apply their knowledge and skills to solve challenging reasoning and problem solving tasks.
The above aims will be met because children will:
- have a well-developed sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system;
- know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables (up to 12×12), doubles and halves;
- use what they know by heart to support mental calculation;
- calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and in writing, drawing on a range of calculation strategies;
- make sense of number problems, including ’real life’ problems and identify the operations needed to solve them; explain their methods and reasoning by using correct mathematical terms;
- judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary;
- suggest suitable units for measuring and make sensible estimates of measurements;
- explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables;
- develop spatial awareness and an understanding of the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.