“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
The Intent of our Mathematics curriculum is for children to believe, regardless of ability, race or gender, that they will be encouraged and helped to realise their full potential in Mathematics. We want the children to see Mathematics as being relevant to their world and applicable to their everyday life as well as being something that they will need as they move on through their school life and ultimately to the world of employment.
We want to see Mathematics at the forefront of each child’s God-given talents. To that end, a high-quality, inter-related and creative Maths experience should be one that develops the children’s ability to think mathematically. One which allows them to apply the tools that they have been exposed in a variety of ways. We place strong emphasis on teaching Mathematical skills and concepts in concrete and practical contexts. Teachers use models and practical activities, which enable children to use and apply skills, knowledge and understanding.
We work closely with the DebtAware Foundation, who deliver the full Money Management programme to pupils in Year 5 and 6. Children are trained to understand and deal with personal finance, how to manage their money taking into account ‘wants’ and ‘needs’, savings, credit cards and debt. This exceptional programme develops important life skills in our pupils for managing their personal finances.
Working with parents, we intend that our pupils leave St Joseph’s with a positive outlook on Mathematics and the skills they have gained and nurtured so that they are ready for the next stage of their educational journey.