Mathematics Curriculum Statement

St Anne’s Curriculum Statement - Mathematics

Being a mathematician at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School means;

1. Being confident and fluent with numbers and known facts

For children to be confident using numbers they need to be using numbers regularly to count, calculate and spot patterns. Quick recall of number facts are also very important. This starts with number sequences and bonds to 20; progressing to applying multiplication facts in decimals and larger numbers. Our aim is that our children will be fluent, mental agile and be able to recall known facts to further develop their understanding of number. 

2. Being efficient at calculation

Children will learn a variety of methods for each of the four mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). These methods will begin with Concrete methods where pupils physically use objects to explore and demonstrate what is happening in a calculation. Pupils will then use Pictoral images to show their working and illustrate their thinking then final pupils will access the Abstract form by using formal methods to solve calculations for all four operations. Pupils will be taught to understand the methods and the relationships between them. This will grow in challenge as they progress through school ensuring that each year their ability to calculate is strengthened and extended. Our aim is that all children should be able to work rapidly and accurately by the time they leave Year 6.

3. Reasoning Mathematically

Our children will be able to recognise patterns, communicate their ideas and think logically about problems. To do this well we will ensure that they can;

  • Explore number patterns and mathematical puzzles.
  • Notice, describe and create mathematical patterns.
  • Communicate their understanding of number and mathematics, including the relationships between one aspect of mathematics to another.
  • Develop an effective use of mathematical vocabulary.

4. Solving Problems

Effective mathematicians can use their knowledge and skills to solve problems. We want our mathematics curriculum to challenge our children’s thinking and ensure that they can think deeply. Children will be taught how to overcome challenges and be resilient, meaning they will be able to apply their mathematics to a variety problems demonstrating increasing sophistication.