Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.


Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. We aim to support children to achieve economic well-being and equip them with a range of computational skills and the ability to solve problems in a variety of contexts.


At Padstow, children are encouraged to make mistakes in a safe and supportive environment. They are supported to discuss misconceptions with their peers and staff. 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 begin to make connections within their learning.


A typical Maths lesson will provide the opportunity for all children, regardless of their ability, to work through Fluency, Reasoning and Problem-Solving activities. Objects, pictures, words, numbers and symbols are everywhere. The mastery approach incorporates all of these to help children explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experiences and deepen understanding. Together, these elements help cement knowledge so pupils really understand what they’ve learnt.


In our lessons:

1. Children start each lesson with retrieval practice to support the development of long-term memory.

2. Teachers clearly model using direct instruction.

3. Children have the opportunity to practise processes and skills.

4. Teachers & teaching assistants 'live mark' to provide instant feedback and to move learners on where necessary.

5. Work is pitched to enable individuals to be stretched and challenged.

6. Once knowledge and processes are acquired, children move onto reasoning questions.

7. Children receive feedback to act upon.




To build a curriculum for all pupils to enable them to:


• Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.


Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.


Problem solve by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions – including unfamiliar contexts and real-life scenarios.

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