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St Michael's Middle School

Maths

Vision for Learners at St Michael’s CE Middle School

‘Each child, uniquely made in God’s image, merits the best that we can give’.

Our sense of purpose begins with the statement above, rooted in the highest possible understanding of young people and all their God-given potential. All that we do flows from this including our core values of Aspiration, Belief and Creativity: St Michael’s ABC.

Our pupil’s join St Michael’s at a crucial stage of transition from childhood to early adulthood. We support them through this journey in three key ways. Firstly, by inspiring them to aim high in all areas of schooling and personal development. Secondly we coach pupils to sustain belief in all situations and challenges. Finally, we actively seek ways to for all pupils to explore and nurture their creativity.

Core Values

Maths builds ASPIRATION by:

Maths builds BELIEF by:

Maths builds CREATIVITY by:

helping children recognise that they need to be in control of the quality of their work in Maths.  They move beyond writing answers and waiting to be told if they are ‘right or wrong’ and on to finding ways of checking their answers.  They learn to know when common sense or mathematical inverses support them in doing this or when simply entering their answer into the context of the question helps them at least see if the answer needs further thought.

  

providing children with problem solving opportunities that will grow their believe that they can find a way forward in many different challenging contexts.  As they will have experienced many occasions where they are presented with problems in Maths which, at first, they are unable to find a way to a solution, they will understand that simply by trying a variety of methods and using the previous attempt to inform the next go they can solve what may, at first, have seemed impossible.

setting complex tasks that require the child to try a multitude of approaches before finding a solution.  They discover that fluency is an important part of creativity and going through the cycle of ‘attempt, review, refine’ will help them move towards success.    This supports the children to move on from their concept of Maths when they arrive at the school which is more ‘look at the question, think about it, write down the answer’.
 

Wider British Values

St Michael’s is a Rights Respecting school which believes that supporting children’s development of character and values, including the core British values of democracy, mutual respect, liberty and the rule of law, is an essential part of equipping young people to thrive as citizens in the world of the future. Maths actively supports this by:

  • Recognising individual liberty through encouraging and celebrating problem solving;

  • A respect for the order and the beauty of number and patterns which are woven through maths;  

  • Celebrating mistakes and respecting difference in our approaches to learning

  • Celebrating academic success as a key to equipping pupils to play a full role in the world of the future

Where it all fits in

If you are working well in this subject these are the skills you are learning:

  • Problem solving

  • Pattern finding

  • Accurate calculating

  • Analysing skills to help identify the most efficient way to solve a problem or calculate

  • Determination – to see problems through (especially in ‘find all possibility’ problems)

  • Organisation – especially in puzzle solving but also in more complex calculating

If you like this subject then these are some of the jobs you can go on to:

  • Good attainment in Maths is a pre-requisite to almost all further education so as a subject it opens the door to all careers that require academic achievement

  • Engineer

  • Accountant

  • Statistician

  • Almost anything that involves money