Mathematical Understanding

 

Mathematics at St Peter's
 

At St Peter's, we believe that maths is for everyone and that no-one should be allowed to think that they 'can't do maths'. All pupils are entitled to access the essential set of rich mathematical concepts and big ideas that will allow them to flourish and become successful and numerate adults. We understand that learning maths is like building a tower; children must have firm foundations and acquire specific building blocks in a certain order. If any of these blocks of understanding are missing (due to too-rapid acceleration or insufficient depth), then the tower is shaky and can be toppled at any time.

 

We are proud to be one of the early adopters of 'Teaching for Mastery' and have invested heavily in staff training, textbooks and resources. As well as developing maths at St Peter's, Miss Napier supports other schools in her work as a Primary Maths Specialist with the Boolean Maths Hub.

 

For more details on our mathematics pedagogy, please read our 'Teaching for Mastery' document, watch these excellent videos from Maths No Problem, or talk to your child's teacher or one of the maths team: Miss White (Y2), Miss Jones (Y3) and Miss Napier (Y4).

Shanghai exchange

 

In November 2018, Miss Napier visited Shanghai to observe maths teaching there as part of the DfE England-China exchange. Then, St Peter's were one of only 35 primaries in England selected to host two teachers for a fortnight in January 2019. Mrs Bai and Mrs Cheng taught amazing lessons to Dragonfly and Dandelion classes and  of the St Peter's teaching staff had opportunities to watch and to learn from these experts so that we can improve our practice further. We also welcomed over 400 teachers and other education professionals from schools around the region.

Useful documents

 

The individual mathematics curriculum statements can be found on the year group pages.

Supporting girls' in mathematics parents meeting Dec 2018

Mastery Parents' Workshop 2017