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Statement of Intent:

An interest in maths is an interest in the world around us. Many of the elements of everyday life involve mathematics (even if we don’t always realise it!) Watching a child’s eyes light up in understanding or pride in explaining how they work something out are some of the most rewarding things about teaching mathematics.

In recognising mathematics as a key life skill, at Harrietsham CE Primary School, we aim for pupils to develop a confident and positive approach to mathematical learning and language by using and applying a range of strategies. We encourage the use and development of a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to enable deeper conceptual understanding through varied representations. We also encourage active learning, whether this is in our classrooms or using our outdoor environment. Our Mathematics Curriculum aims to deliver a mastery approach to learning, which is underpinned by the three main aims of the National Curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. All learners become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics therefore being able to reason and solve problems through the application of their mathematical understanding.

Mathematical learning at Harrietsham CE Primary places emphasis on the cumulative mastery of essential knowledge and skills in mathematics in order for children to flourish. This allows children to ensure they understand clearly: what they are doing, why they are doing it and how this can be used and apply to solve other problems or in other aspects of their learning.