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A Vision for Maths at Hexham First School

We want to empower all children at Hexham First School to see themselves as mathematicians and to have a positive attitude towards the learning of mathematics alongside an enthusiasm for the subject. We want all of our children to believe that they can do maths.

At Hexham First our mathematics teaching is lively, engaging and involves a carefully planned blend of approaches that direct children’s learning. The pitch and pace of the work is sensitive to the rate at which children learn while ensuring expectations are kept high and progress is made by all children.

Our staff foster positive attitudes, fascination and excitement of discovery through the teaching and learning of mathematical concepts. Our children develop a ‘can do’ attitude and perceive themselves as mathematicians. At Hexham First we want to broaden children’s knowledge and understanding of how mathematics is used in the wider world. We want our children to use and understand mathematical language and recognise its importance as a language for communication and thinking.

This will be achieved with them being able to:

  • Identify mathematical relationships (spatial, numerical and logical) and see their relevance to everyday life.
  • carry out practical activities involving measurement, estimation and calculation.
  • use money in everyday situations.
  • read and record mathematical statements using correct terminology and symbols.
  • Interpret diagrams, charts, graphs and tables.
  • solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
  • develop an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.
  • develop an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.

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