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“Mathematics is the music of reason”. - James Joseph Sylvester, English mathematician


At Millbrook Combined School we aim to develop in children a positive attitude to mathematics as an interesting and valuable subject. An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry, reasoning and problem-solving. A range of learning strategies: working both cooperatively, collaboratively and independently. Confidence in mathematics where children can express ideas fluently and talk about the subject using mathematical language. An understanding of the importance of mathematics in everyday life.

All children should become fluent in the fundamentals of maths through varied and frequent practice. Children develop their conceptual understanding and the ability to recall facts and apply that knowledge rapidly and accurately. They will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. Children will be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a range of problems. They will be able to break them down into smaller steps and persevere when seeking solutions.

The new curriculum is a mastery curriculum; the emphasis is on depth and challenge rather than accelerating through the content. Children who grasp concepts quickly will be challenged through new, increasingly sophisticated problems meaning the level of demand is greater for each year group.