‘Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high quality mathematical education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically ,an appreciation of the power and beauty of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.’ (DfE 2013)
Mathematics pervades all aspects of our lives and helps us to make sense of our world. With this in mind, our curriculum promotes the basic and wider understanding of mathematics, and creates an enjoyment in the subject by supporting children to engage with it and build upon their own understanding and promote further learning. Learning skills are an important aspect of mathematics but such skills are only a means to an end, and should be taught and learned in a context that provides purpose and meaning.