Mathematics is the means of looking at the patterns that make up our world and the intricate and beautiful ways in which they are constructed and realised. Numeracy is the means of making that knowledge useful.
Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. It has obvious cross-curricular links with Science and Technology, but as we become more of a ‘data-driven’ society, mathematical understanding and interpretative skills are also needed in other curricular areas. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making.
As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents opportunities for creativity and investigation, giving pupils the opportunity to question and challenge their thinking. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships. Development of this skill is of increasing importance as computers are used with increasing sophistication to model any situation.
By developing pupils’ thinking skills we are enabling pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence.
The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the world.
Everyone needs to be numerate to maximize their life chances and to make a positive contribution to society. The UK needs a numerate population in order to build a strong economy and to compete globally.
The Aims of the Mathematics Department at Ralph Sadleir are:
- To set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils.
- To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate all pupils and demand their active participation, regardless of ability levels.
- To smooth the transition for pupils between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at Ralph Sadleir.
- To explore enrichment opportunities both within and outside the curriculum to enhance pupils’ enjoyment of mathematics.
- To relate Maths learning to real life so that pupils fully appreciate the relevance of their learning.
The Mathematics Curriculum
Throughout the school numeracy and mathematics are taught following the programmes and guidance of the National Numeracy Strategy document “Framework for Teaching Mathematics”.
In each year group, the different strands are revisited throughout the year which enables children to reinforce and develop their knowledge in each aspect of learning.
Please note that, in addition to talking to their Maths teacher, all pupils have the opportunity to attend the Maths Homework ‘Drop-In’ on a Friday lunch time where they can get any help that they need prior to the weekend.
The Full Programme Includes:
|Using and applying mathematics to solve problems||Applying mathematics and solving problems|
|Numbers and the number system||Place value, ordering and rounding|
|Integers, powers and roots|
|Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion|
|Calculations||Number operations and the relationships between them|
|Mental methods and rapid recall of number facts|
|Algebra||Equations, formulae and identities|
|Sequences, functions and graphs|
|Shape, space and measures||Geometrical reasoning: lines, angles and shapes|
|Construction and loci|
|Measures and mensuration|
|Handling data||Specifying a problem, planning and collecting data|
|Processing and representing data, using ICT as appropriate|
|Interpreting and discussing results|
A wide variety of learning resources is available including a comprehensive range of textbooks, published work schemes, teacher designed materials and ICT equipment.
Online Mathematics Revision Resources
https://www.mymaths.co.uk/ Each pupil has a login and password for this website which is used for homework tasks and revision.
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize This is a good website for explanations and revision at KS2 and KS3.
http://mathszone.co.uk/ This website provides games and activities to practise.
https://nrich.maths.org/ A very useful website with mathematical problems to improve thinking and problem-solving skills.
Pupils are encouraged to respond to challenge in maths.
The top groups in Years 5 and 6 take part, each year, in the Primary Maths Challenge. This is a national competition organised by the Mathematical Association. Our pupils enjoy the interesting, thought-provoking questions and always achieve good results.
More able pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 take part in the UK Maths Trust Challenge. This is a national challenge competition designed to stretch the most able and develop their mathematical thinking skills. The most successful pupils nationally are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates and the highest scoring pupils are chosen to represent the school in the Team Challenge Our pupils always perform well, indicating that they can compete with able mathematicians across the country.
In addition to national competitions, teams of pupils from Years 5, 7 and 8 take part in the County Maths Challenges. These challenges create an exciting, competitive environment where pupils really have to work as a team to achieve success. Over the past few years, Ralph Sadleir teams have done very well in qualifying for the finals and beating many much larger schools.
Each year pupils in Year 7 take part in a cross-curricular project which links their learning in maths and science. They are encouraged to grow a sunflower from seed, which then becomes the basis for a Fibonacci project in the first term of Year 8. Pupils examine the links between maths and nature and present their findings in a variety of forms.
If you would like more information regarding our Maths curriculum, please contact Miss Witt, Mathematics Faculty Leader by emailing