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St Peter's School

Mathematics

Contact - A Davies - Head of Maths - Adavies@stpeters.cambs.sch.uk

Mathematics Mastery

Our curriculum in KS3 and KS4 is based on the principles of mathematics mastery. Our curriculum  empowers and equips teachers to improve pupils’ enjoyment, resilience, understanding and attainment in maths. Singapore and Shanghai are two of the highest international performers in mathematics education. They have a consistent, tried and tested approach to mathematics teaching which has inspired our programme. For example:

  • Success for all

Every child can enjoy and succeed in mathematics as long as they are given the appropriate learning opportunities. A growth mindset enables pupils to develop resilience and confidence.

  • Deeper understanding

Pupils must be given time and opportunities to fully explore mathematical concepts. The challenge comes from investigating ideas in new and complex ways – rather than accelerating through new topics.

  • Problem-solving

Enabling learners to solve new problems in unfamiliar contexts is the ultimate aim of mathematics education. Identifying, applying and connecting ideas enables pupils to tackle new and more complex problems.

  • Mathematical thinking

Successful mathematicians are known to develop mathematical ‘habits of mind’. To encourage this, we must support pupils to be systematic, generalise and seek out patterns. Questioning is a key element of this.

  • Mathematical language

Mathematical language strengthens conceptual understanding by enabling pupils to explain and reason. This must be carefully introduced and reinforced through frequent discussion to ensure it is meaningfully understood.

  • Multiple representations

Objects, pictures, numbers and symbols enable pupils to represent ideas and make connections in different ways. This develops understanding and problem solving skills – while making lessons engaging and fun.

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