Essential characteristics of mathematicians:
- An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
- A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
- Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
- The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.
- The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
- The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
- The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
- Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
- A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
- A commitment to and passion for the subject.
At St Peter’ we use a spiral curriculum so that these key learning concepts are revisited and deepened over time. There are plenty of opportunities for reinforcement and application of these ideas. A variety of approaches are used including Maths Mastery, White Rose Hub and Lancashire Authority resources. The Learning platform Learning By Questions (LBQ) is a useful intuitive tool that provide individualised reinforcement and challenge.
- Know and use numbers: This concept involves understanding the number system and how they are used in a wide variety of mathematical ways.
- Add and subtract: This concept involves understanding both the concepts and processes of addition and subtraction.
- Multiply and divide: This concept involves understanding both the concepts and processes of multiplication and division.
- Use fractions: This concept involves understanding the concept of part and whole and ways of calculating using it.
- Understand the properties of shapes: This concept involves recognising the names and properties of geometric shapes and angles.
- Describe position, direction and movement: This concept involves recognising various types of movement.
- Use measures: This concept involves becoming familiar with a range of measures, devices used for measuring and calculations.
- Use statistics: This concept involves interpreting, manipulating and presenting data in various ways.
- Use algebra: This concept involves recognising mathematical properties and relationships using symbolic representations.