“Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.” National Curriculum 2014
At Barnes, we aim for our maths teaching and learning to resonate with this statement. We fully appreciate the contribution of mathematics to everyday life and society. Equally, we value the contribution of mathematics in other areas of the curriculum and in promoting children’s curiosity, enjoyment of learning and intellectual development.
We aim for children to:
- enjoy the maths they are taught;
- notice and appreciate maths in the world around them;
- have a positive attitude towards learning maths and expect to be successful;
- acquire a strong fluency in basic number facts and procedures;
- calculate using a range of strategies, choosing the most efficient methods;
- talk and reason about their understanding, using precise mathematical language;
- identify underlying structures, patterns and relationships;
- approach problems with resilience and creativity;
- have a deep conceptual understanding, representing key ideas in diverse ways and appreciating connections between different areas of the curriculum;
- develop both decision making and logical thinking;
- apply and develop their mathematical understanding and knowledge in all other areas of the curriculum;
- work both collaboratively and independently.