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Maths Intent Statement

 Mathematics is the study of numbers and how they are related to each other and to the real world.

At St Joseph's, we are intent on maximising children’s understanding and accuracy in applying mathematical concepts, knowledge, skills and thinking strategies to be successful in our modern world. We aim to achieve this through direct teaching, exploration, clarification, practise and application over time.

It is our intent that children develop a strong number sense so that as their confidence grows, they will be able to look for patterns, manipulate numbers, calculate mentally, use logical reasoning, suggest solutions and enjoy playing with and exploring numbers.

All pupils should:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that they 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

Our mathematical Intent is to:

  • To inspire a genuine enjoyment of maths

  • To develop children’s conceptual understanding of mathematics through the research based approached (concrete – pictorial – abstract) to help every child master mathematical concepts

  • Develop a fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system

  • Develop fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques

  • Teach a broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics, including those related to solving real life problems

  • Teach a wide range of mathematical vocabulary

  • Develop the ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions

  • Encourage the ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges

  • Provide opportunities to apply mathematical strategies and understanding to other subjects notably science and geography

  • For pupils to be offered rich, sophisticated problems to develop greater depth and mastery of content

  • To ensure a consistent approach to teaching across the school and at home by sharing year group expectations and informing parents and carers about methodology used in the classroom.  

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