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Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.

Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind, we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them for life.

The National Curriculum order for mathematics describes in detail what pupils must learn in each year group and this ensures continuity, progression, and high expectations for attainment in mathematics in our school.

It is vital that a positive attitude towards mathematics is encouraged amongst all of our pupils in order to foster confidence and achievement in a skill that is essential in our society.

At St Cleopas we base our mathematics programme on the statutory requirements for mathematics as laid out in the National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014), Development Matters for Early Years (2000), supported by the Local Authority planning and progression framework.

We are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding that provide barriers to learning as they move through education. Assessment for Learning, an emphasis on investigation, problem solving, the development of mathematical thinking through reasoning and a rigorous approach to the development of teacher subject knowledge, are therefore essential components of the St Cleopas Primary School approach to this subject.