At Christ Church we believe that mathematics develops the mind and highly valued cognitive skills, as such we appreciate the significant role it plays in the life opportunities of our pupils in the wider world.
We have a Mastery approach to the teaching of Mathematics and use “Power Maths” to ensure consistence and progression across the school. We are linked to a Mathematics Excellence Hub, and through this, our teachers have received regular training and excellent models of good practice.
Our teaching and learning activities foster positive attitudes, motivation and fascination so that as our pupils solve a problem for the first time, they are encouraged to discover a variety of ways to get to a solution and make links between the different areas of mathematics. When using and applying their mathematical understanding, we encourage the children to decide what approaches to adopt, use a range of mathematical techniques in exploring the problem, find solutions, generalise and communicate their reasoning.
Regular assessments inform our teaching to allow for tailored support, consolidation and mastery of understanding throughout the school.
We encourage and support links between home and school, recognising the importance of parental involvement in children’s learning. We hold regular parental workshops to support parents with mathematical knowledge which is essential to ensure that our children have a consistent approach and vocabulary to build on. We subscribe to an online maths platform called “My Maths”, and set regular homework for children to complete at home with parents support.
Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. We aim to provide a high-quality mathematics education which ensures a foundation for understanding the world, encourages an ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
We believe that in order to fully equip our pupils for life, we need to foster a positive attitude to mathematics and an understanding that it is always good to question and want to know more.
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurate
- 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.