Somebody came up to me after a talk I had given, and said, “You make mathematics seem like fun.” I was inspired to reply, “If it isn’t fun, why do it?” - Ralph P. Boas

Here at St Matthew’s we have been fully engaged in creating a vibrant, challenging and engaging environment while ensuring that the high expectations of the learning objectives are met, as stated in the National Curriculum 2014.


Throughout their time with us, children will:


  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.


  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.


  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

The programmes of study are organised into distinct areas, but pupils will make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.


The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.


Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including through intervention, before moving on.

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