Greatfield Park Primary School Maths Intent Statement
At Greatfield Park Primary School we teach mathematics in line with national curriculum aims. We believe mathematics is an important part of a pupil’s development throughout school, right from an early age. We recognise that mathematics underpins much of our daily lives and therefore it is important that pupils’ aspire to become successful so they are well prepared for the next stage of their education.
Our pupils will be part of sequenced, creative and engaging lessons that will provide pupils with a range of opportunities to explore mathematics. Each pupil will be encouraged to believe in themselves as mathematicians and develop the power of determination, resilience and perseverance when faced with mathematical challenges. In maths lessons, children are always encouraged to delve deeper into their understanding of mathematics and how it relates to the diverse world around them. We look for and make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. Sequences, patterns, measures and ultimately the entire study of mathematics was created to make more sense of the world around us and our aim is to enable all of our pupils to use maths as a tool to explore these possibilities through the use of rich, inspiring and challenging mathematical tasks.
We aim to engage and challenge all pupils through quality teaching and learning opportunities, striving for all pupils to achieve their potential. We expect most of our pupils to attain at least in line with expected standard by the end of early years, key stage 1 and key stage 2 with increasing pupils attaining at greater depth, at least in line with the national average. Less able pupils, pupils with SEND or disadvantaged pupils receive carefully planned support and more able pupils are challenged in variety of ways.
Children are encouraged to make mistakes in a safe and supportive environment. They are supported to discuss these misconceptions with their peers and staff alike. Here at Greatfield Park, we place oracy at the heart of our learning through shared work and class discussions. Use of appropriate vocabulary is modelled throughout lessons by both staff and children, allowing everyone to ‘talk like a mathematician’. Once a child can articulate their understanding of a concept, they can then truly begin to make connections within their learning. We consider how maths relates to the wider world in order to give the subject meaning and relevance so pupils can use their mathematical skills and knowledge in real-life situations.