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at St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

"high-quality mathematics provides a foundation for understanding the world" (Primary National Curriculum, 2014)

At St Elisabeth’s, we believe that mathematics is a creative and complex subject that has provided the solution to some of the world’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life; critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial understanding and responsible citizenship.

Through the mathematics curriculum, we aim to promote the British values of tolerance and resilience through problem solving and understanding of complex concepts, encouraging students to persevere and try different methods to arrive at a correct solution. Pupils are encouraged to build on and learn from their mistakes in maths lessons. Our high quality mathematics education, therefore, provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the wonder and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. Pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas, across the whole breadth of the curriculum, to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly challenging problems.


The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non- routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
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