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St Mary's Academy

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Mathematics at Beaminster St Mary’s


At Beaminster St Mary’s, we aim to instill a fascination for Maths and foster an enduring love of number and the manipulation of numbers. Through engaging, real life anchor tasks, children develop an appreciation for the practical uses of Maths, as well as its aesthetic nature.


A key focus of our learning is the use of concrete manipulatives – physical objects that expose the underlying mathematical concepts - helping our children to recognise that Maths is a search for pattern and relationship.


We believe real Maths is about conjecturing, verifying, debating and articulating, so our classrooms reflect this, with our lessons packed full of opportunities for mathematical thinking and discussion. We want to help pupils to understand that Maths is a powerful tool for communication.


With carefully planned support and challenge, we support pupils to become active, confident mathematicians, providing opportunities for pupils to demonstrate and use their Maths in everyday situations. We encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own learning, take pride in their own mathematics, and take the initiative to get themselves ‘unstuck’ when things get tricky!


All of our subjects include the same curriculum drivers, these are:


  • We aspire for pupils to embrace challenge with a growth mindset and show curiosity, independence and resilience in all that they do.


  • We aspire for pupils to become wise, respectful learners.


  • We aspire for pupils to become emotionally mature with a depth of language that enables them to share ideas effectively.


  • We aspire for pupils to become emotionally literate, tolerant, and appreciative of an ever-changing global environment.

Maths Policy 2020-21