Here at St Mark’s, we believe that our maths curriculum will create enthusiastic, creative and articulate mathematicians. When teaching maths at St Mark’s, we intend to provide a curriculum which caters for the needs of all individuals and sets them up with the necessary skills and knowledge for them to become successful in their future working lives. We incorporate sustained levels of challenge through varied and high quality activities with a focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Pupils are required to explore maths in depth, using mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain their workings. A range of resources are used and pupils are encouraged to show their workings in a concrete, pictorial and abstract form when suitable. We encourage resilience and acceptance that struggle is often a necessary step in learning. We aim to really enhance and develop reflective skills – skills that can be easily transferable across the whole curriculum. Our approach to maths is both skills and knowledge based. In order for children to develop into well rounded and passionate mathematicians, we aim to encourage the children’s understanding of the world around them and arm them with the skills to approach everyday problems. Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which children need to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop all areas of maths and become increasingly, sophisticated problem solvers. They should apply their maths knowledge to science and other subjects.