Subject co-ordinators: Mrs Thomas and Mrs Tommons
At St Polycarp’s, we aim to develop deep mathematical understanding through the use of concrete (practical) apparatus, following this with pictorial representations of methods and finally using abstract ways of recording calculations. We also spend a lot of time developing our children’s ‘fluency’ in their recall of number bonds and times tables facts: this underpins competency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The new maths curriculum requires children to be confident in their understanding of fractions from an early age and this extends to decimals and percentages through key stage 2. We also teach the topics of shape, space and measures, ratio and proportion and statistics. As a school, we have adopted the ‘mastery’ approach to our planning and teaching of maths; this is in response to a country-wide initiative led by the maths hubs and the NCETM. Ultimately we hope that our children will become confident, independent and enthusiastic mathematicians.