At Southbourne Juniors School, our vision is for children to leave as confident, skilled and resilient mathematicians. Our curriculum has been developed to ensure rich connections across mathematical ideas, other curriculum subjects and maths for everyday life, allowing pupils to develop fluency and reasoning.
We aim for pupils to secure the foundations of number sense and place value first as we know that when these basics are secure, children find learning the rest much easier. Concrete and visual representations are embedded in the curriculum, enabling pupils to learn to calculate with confidence and develop a deep understanding of why maths works. Teachers focus on developing pupils’ understanding of mathematical vocabulary and there is an expectation, starting with our youngest children, to communicate and reflect using the language of maths.
Through creative and practical lessons, children appreciate what it means to be a mathematician; they thrive upon conquering the challenges and puzzles that mathematics brings and are not afraid to make mistakes.
‘Good mathematics is not about how many answers you know...It’s how you behave when you don’t.’ (Anonymous)