Mathematics at Smallwood CE Primary Academy
Mathematics should help children make sense of the world around them by developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It should enable them to understand relationships and patterns, and in doing so give them the capacity to predict. It should allow them to tackle everyday practical tasks, as well as gather and communicate information.
To these aims, the maths taught should not only be relevant and useful, but should also be a source of pleasure and excitement and offer pupils intellectual stimulation. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.