Mathematics Intent

I am a mathematician.


Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.
Shakuntala Devi, Indian writer and mental calculator


At St Thomas a Becket, our Mathematics curriculum introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as ambitious learners. We want our children to be confident to look for patterns, use logical reasoning, suggest solutions and be resilient in trying out different approaches to problems. We want to equip them with mathematical communication skills, to be confident to explore and explain their ideas using symbols, diagrams and spoken and written language. Through a mastery approach to teaching maths, we want our maths curriculum to stimulate curiosity, foster creativity and equip children with the skills they need to flourish at secondary school and beyond.