Being a Mathematician

To become a Mathematician, the Curriculum at St Paul’s will help learners develop the following characteristics:

• An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
• A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
• Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
• The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.
• The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
• The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
• The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
• Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
• A wide range of mathematical vocabulary
• A commitment to and passion for the subject. 

To develop these characteristics they will explore the following key concepts:

  • Know and use numbers
    This concept involves understanding the number system and how they are used in a wide variety of mathematical ways.
  • Add and subtract
    This concept involves understanding both the concepts and processes of addition and subtraction.
  • Multiply and divide
    This concept involves understanding both the concepts and processes of multiplication and division.
  • Use fractions
    This concept involves understanding the concept of part and whole and ways of calculating using it.
  • Understand the properties of shapes
    This concept involves recognising the names and properties of geometric shapes and angles.
  • Describe position, direction and movement
    This concept involves recognising various types of mathematical movements.
  • Use measures
    This concept involves becoming familiar with a range of measures, devices used for measuring and calculations.
  • Use statistics
    This concept involves interpreting, manipulating and presenting data in various ways.
  • Use algebra
    This concept involves recognising mathematical properties and relationships using symbolic representations.