'But thou hast arranged all things by
measure and number and weight'
Wisdom 11: 21
Mathematics gives us a glimpse of God’s perfection – His beauty, His infinity, His truth, His power. Mathematics empowers mankind to discover the rational intelligibility of the world and to appreciate the order, the beauty, the magnitude and the mystery of God’s creation. Hence mathematics derives its purpose, meaning, and value from God.
Here at St Mary’s we develop children’s love of maths by teaching the concepts and skills in a way that engages the pupil's natural curiosity and love of learning. We are ambitious for all of our children to become skilled and confident mathematicians in accordance with our mission to achieve academic excellence.
‘God is the great geometer’
There is a daily maths lesson for all children, based on the National Curriculum, covering number, measure, geometry and statistics. The curriculum is enriched by our expert teachers who select from a range of quality activities, and deploy a wide range of resources including our web-linked interactive whiteboards.
From an early age pupils engage in practical tasks that develop their understanding of number, shape and patterns. Pupils learn the key concepts in a systematic way. Pupils memorise number bonds and times tables and continue to develop their mental arithmetic. This creates a solid foundation for more abstract mathematical thinking and enables our pupils to tackle more difficult problems. We expect pupils to be thorough and to strive for accuracy and beauty in their work. At the same time mistakes are also regarded as learning opportunities. As the physicist Niels Bohr observed, 'An expert is someone who has made every possible mistake in a given field'.
'Intelligence is knowing what to do when you don't know what to do'
We use problem solving and investigational tasks to provide children with a deeper understanding of mathematics and to develop resourcefulness, prudence, patience and resilience, so important when it comes to doing tests. Learning by heart number bonds, times tables and other key facts and relationships also develops mathematical ‘fitness and stamina’.
In a St Mary’s maths lesson you will hear pupils discussing and reasoning, as they grow in understanding and love of this great subject.
We also ensure that pupils have plenty of practice completing tests from the SATs archive that contains papers all the way back to the first SATs tests in 1995.