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Mathematics is a vital element of everyday life. At St. Austin’s we aim to give all children a positive, enjoyable experience of Maths based firmly around the National Curriculum's aims of fluency, problem solving and reasoning. We place a strong emphasis on the four operations (addition, subtraction, division & multiplication) as well as geometry, measure, fractions, decimals, percentages and statistics. Our aim is to develop in children a love of number and the aspiration to solve problems.

Alongside Mathematics lessons, where children learn both written and mental methods, we aim to provide children with Mathematical experiences which have a real life context. In order to develop their experience and enhance their learning, pupils may use a wide range of equipment which will provide them with real hands on experience of mathematics. This may include apparatus such as building bricks, numicon, diennes, money, counters, dominoes, games and 2D shapes which can be joined to make 3D shapes allowing pupils opportunities to develop their spatial awareness. Children will sometimes work on white boards giving them more freedom to express their mathematical ideas and thought processes.

Problem solving and challenge occur at all levels and the children are encouraged to think and reason mathematically right from the start. Speaking and listening is a big part of our mathematical learning environment, and we aim to give children the confidence to talk about how and why they have used certain strategies. Children are urged to challenge themselves in order to get the very best out of each learning experience whilst also being supported, coached and guided towards becoming the best they can be.


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