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Aims and Values


Maths is more than a school subject. It is essential in the fields of science and technology but is an element in most forms of employment, as well as being a crucial part of personal financial literacy and household management. A child’s ability to calculate; apply knowledge; to communicate fluently; to reason and to solve problems mathematically, forms the backbone of their education for life. As their knowledge and understanding grows, children should be able to identify the practical relevance of this subject and be able to apply their skills in an ever wider set of familiar and new contexts. Yet, this will only be possible if the children’s appreciation of the subject is also nurtured.


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.

(National Curriculum July 2014)




At Our Lady, Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School we aim to help children:


  • enjoy maths through practical activity, exploration and discussion
  • understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life
  • become confident and competent with numbers and the number system
  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry,
  • spot relationships across domains, make generalisations and express an opinion using mathematical language
  • solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps
  • keep persevering in seeking solutions
  • develop an appreciation of the creative aspects of maths; awareness of its aesthetic appeal
  • see the historic context and present day relevance of mathematics