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Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.

Mathematics is a key part of the St. Peter’s curriculum and lessons provide our children with the opportunity to
  • develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of numbers and the number system
  • explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts
  • develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning
  • develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented
  • develop logical thinking and reasoning skills through a natural curiosity and investigative approach
  • promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion
  • promote confidence and competence so that children are proud of their achievements and understand the importance of mathematical skills in everyday life.
Teaching and learning style
St. Peter’s uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop our children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, through daily lessons that consist of whole class and small group teaching. During these lessons we encourage children to ask, as well as answer, mathematical questions. A wide range of resources are available to support their learning. Children and teachers use ICT in mathematics lessons to enhance their learning and to assist with modelling ideas and methods. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations.
In Years 1-3 children are taught in Class groups and in Year 4 onwards the children are split into 3 differentiated sets. St. Peter’s recognise that in all classes there are children of differing mathematical ability; therefore we tailor lessons to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children, by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. During lessons children may undertake independent work or be organised to work in small groups on open-ended problems or games.
Children are set a weekly homework task in order to strengthen their learning in mathematics. This task directly links with the current unit of learning and is differentiated for each maths group.

Mathematics curriculum planning
Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum and St. Peter’s use the New National Mathematics Curriculum 2014 as the basis for implementing the statutory requirements of the programme of study.  (See link below to view the New National Mathematics Curriculum 2014)
St. Peter’s adapt the Abacus Maths Scheme to deliver the New National Mathematics Curriculum 2014 and ensure daily lessons meet the specific needs of the children.
Links to our Calculation Policy and overviews of the Calculation Methods and Strategies teachers use in Key Stages 1 and 2 can be found below.