Our Intent for Mathematics
Our intent at SS Peter and Paul Primary School is that all pupils become confident, reflective and resilient mathematicians. We aim to guide them on a journey in maths, one which opens up their minds to the many methods and representations that can be used to navigate their way through real life problems. Through the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach (CPA-concrete materials [objects], pictorial representations [pictures, diagrams] alongside the use of numbers and symbols), lessons of discovery and investigation, and effective practice and application, pupils are able to build on and link each stage of their mathematical journey towards a deeper conceptual understanding of the underlying mathematical structure.
Our intent is that pupils are able to, not only recall key number facts, but are able to link previous learning, explore a range of mathematical strategies, reason confidently, and understand and apply these skills in solving a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication. We aim for pupils to become more self-aware and use inner dialogue to question, reason and explain their mathematical thinking of the ‘why’ and ‘how’.
Most importantly, we strive to create an enjoyable mathematical learning environment, where all pupils are eager to progress and where conversation and mathematical language come naturally amongst peers. An encouraging place of learning, where pupils are excited for challenges and problems that require perseverance and commitment, and not disappointed by mistakes or difficulties, is a principal focus. We aim for all pupils to foster a positive growth mindset, in which mistakes are viewed as a means to grow and progress.
At SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School we collaborate with a maths hub which ensures we are up to date with current and effective practice based on the latest research evidence. We use the White Rose schemes of learning, alongside the national programmes of study to inform the planning of our curriculum. We also take part in the Mastering Number Programme, coordinated by the NCETM, which aims to secure firm foundations in the development of excellence in number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2.
Mathematics at SS Peter and Paul
At SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School we consider mathematics as far more than simply a core curriculum topic; it is central to helping children become happy, articulate, reflective and confident individuals. Developing numerical fluency prepares children to access a world surrounded by number and problem solving. It equips young people with key skills such as calculating, estimating, observing and predicting, which will be used extensively throughout their lives.
At SS Peter and Paul Catholic School we use White Rose Maths as the basis of our learning.
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practise with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At SS Peter and Paul, we subscribe to an online learning platform that allows children to practise and consolidate their learning of times tables at home and in school: Times Table Rockstars