The aim of this statement is to summarise the high standards of Mathematics expected at St. Matthew’s, based on the new 2016 Maths Curriculum, the introduction of Singapore Maths and supported by our Maths Calculation Policy. This vision is shared with the parents of our pupils, and shared with our staff, who receive Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in all relevant areas.
At St. Matthew’s, we want every child to:
- become fluent mathematicians by extending understanding of our number system, including negative numbers, fractions and decimals.
- Build an understanding of how our numbers work and fit together.
- Explore place value (identifying the value of digits in numbers given to three-decimal places), comparing and ordering numbers up to 10 000 000 (including fractions <1), rounding (to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000) and applying this understanding in different contexts.
- Develop an understanding of addition and subtraction and the relationship between them.
- Use this to solve multi-step problems in different contexts, including measures and statistics.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry or conjecturing generalisations using mathematical language.
- Choose and use number facts, understanding of place value, mental methods (including mixed operations and large numbers), formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction), explaining decision making and justifying solutions.
- Develop an understanding of multiplication and division including fractions.
- The focus is on understanding the relationship between multiplication and division, clearly connecting to this an understanding of fractions both as operators, e.g. the equivalence between dividing by five and multiplying by a fifth, and the outcome of divisions, e.g. understanding 3/4 = ¾. This understanding is used to solve problems in different contexts, including measures and statistics.
- Children will become increasingly fluent in mental methods drawing upon known facts as well as written methods (including long multiplication and division).
- Develop an understanding in shape and space (compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes and find unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals, and regular polygons).
- Understand properties of shapes and the relationship between them, using this understanding to solve problems including problems related to measures (perimeter, area and volume), and movement within space.
- Measures and statistics are included throughout as contexts for number sense, additive reasoning and multiplicative reasoning.