Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At St Andrew’s we agree that that children’s chances of success are maximised if they develop deep and lasting understanding of mathematical procedures and concepts. Therefore we strive to apply the ‘teaching of mastery’ in all elements of classroom practice and school organisation. Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of maths that has been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.