'I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.'
At St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School we want every child to be happy and confident learners of Maths. We want them to have a growth mind set and believe they can do anything and for them to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their individual potential. We firmly believe that high quality, creative and inspiring teaching in Maths and carefully monitored progress will achieve the best outcome for every child.
Our principal aim is that children leave St. Hugh’s Catholic Primary School as confident mathematicians who delight in the joy of learning new things and solving problems. Children will develop into independent learners with inquisitive minds who have secure mathematical foundations and an interest in self-improvement. At St Hugh’s, we want children to feel supported as learning is scaffolded carefully and correctly pitched for each pupil, with extra help available from adults if they need it. All children will study mathematics for 5 hours per week. This is supplemented by a daily slot of ‘Maths Fast Facts’ that focus solely on recall facts to improve speed of recall and fluency. Mathematical skills will be applied to other subjects including science, Design and Technology and Geography.
Carefully designed schemes of learning in mathematics ensure consistency and progress of all learners. Differentiation is achieved by emphasising deep knowledge and through individual support and intervention. The focus on a mastery approach to Mathematics ensures that pupils acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. Practice and consolidation play a central role. Carefully designed variation within this builds fluency and understanding of underlying mathematical concepts. These factors ensure that we are able to maintain high standards, with achievement at the end of KS2 10% above the national average and a high proportion of children demonstrating greater depth, at the end of each phase.
Children are happy learners within mathematics. They experience a wide-ranging number of learning challenges in the subject and know appropriate responses to them. Clear outcomes focus and guide all mathematical development plans and drive improvement.
Children are able to reason mathematically. Learning in Mathematics ensures children understand how mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to Science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
The nature of mathematics and using number in real life contexts enables all the children at St Hugh’s to develop the cultural capital they need to succeed and prosper economically in later life. The cultural experiences and knowledge the children gain through the mathematics curriculum will enable the children to play a full and active part in society in later life. Practical, transferable life skills such as telling the time, weighing and measuring, calculating with money will stay with children throughout their lives and prepare them for their place in society. The many and varied opportunities the children have been given through all their cross-curricular work enables them to have a rich experience of maths and its importance in our daily lives.
The mathematics curriculum promotes the British values of tolerance and resilience on a daily basis through problem solving and understanding of complex concepts, encouraging students to persevere and try different methods to arrive at a correct solution. Teamwork through peer assessment and group work underpins the schemes of learning in the maths faculty. Students work together in all areas of the maths curriculum to support each other and build mutual respect for one another. Students are allowed to make mistakes and learn from them in all maths lessons. This fosters confidence and builds self-esteem, it encourages students to take risks and become lifelong learners whilst using their mathematical skills in all aspects of life.