"It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates interesting mathematics along the way - even if you don't solve it at the end of the day" - Andrew Wiles
As a school, we aim to develop mathematicians of the future, where maths is enjoyed by all, challenges are accepted and solved, where mistakes are recognised as part of the learning journey and where a deep and rich mastery understanding of maths is an opportunity for all. Through our understanding of how Singapore maths is implemented, we aim to imitate a style and culture of maths where children grow up reaching their full continuing potential.
Our key aims rest at the heart of our mathematics curriculum:
At St.Mary’s, all children are entitled to access all aspects of the curriculum, enabling them to achieve confidence and competence – ‘mastery’ – in mathematics. The fundamental idea behind mastery is that all children develop a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning. This is central to the planning and provision of mathematics at our school. Learning is carefully sequenced, taking into account what has been taught before, and what knowledge and skills are needed for the next stage of our children’s mathematical development. Mathematics is purposefully planned to be taught explicitly across the wider curriculum in subjects such as (but not limited to) science, history and geography
At St. Mary's RC Primary School, we use a Maths Mastery approach to ensure that our pupils master key mathematical concepts to a level of depth where they can apply them in practical contexts. To help us achieve this, we have introduced a scheme of work called Maths No Problem which is aligned to the 2014 English National Curriculum for Mathematics and is based on what is called 'The Singapore Method'.