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Mathematics is a tool for everyday life. Children are taught how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. Their work also enables them to understand relationships and patterns. Mathematics is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.


The aims of teaching mathematics are:

  • to promote children’s confidence and competence with numbers and the number system, with concepts and with skills;
  • to develop pupils’ ability to use and apply their skills in solving problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically in a range of contexts (not confined to the maths lesson);
  • to enable pupils to use the language of mathematics confidently to express their ideas and understanding;
  • to promote a positive attitude towards, and enjoyment of, mathematics;
  • to develop pupils’ initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others; and
  • to develop an understanding of the importance of mathematics in everyday life.


Mathematics teaching also focuses on the development of pupils’ rapid recall of mental facts. Skills such as multiplication tables and known number facts are taught through a variety of strategies and our work is supplemented by the use of the Maths Passport scheme.