Every child can enjoy and succeed in mathematics as long as they are given the appropriate
learning opportunities. A growth mindset enables pupils to develop resilience and
Enabling learners to solve new problems in unfamiliar contexts is the ultimate aim of
mathematics education. Identifying, applying and connecting ideas enables pupils to tackle
new and more complex problems.
Mathematical language strengthens conceptual understanding by enabling pupils to explain
and reason. This must be carefully introduced and reinforced through frequent discussion to
ensure it is meaningfully understood.
Pupils must be given time and opportunities to fully explore mathematical concepts. The
challenge comes from investigating ideas in new and complex ways – rather than
accelerating through new topics.
Successful mathematicians are known to develop mathematical ‘habits of mind’. To
encourage this, we must support pupils to be systematic, generalise and seek out patterns.
Questioning is a key element of this.
Objects, pictures, numbers and symbols enable pupils to represent ideas and make
connections in different ways. This develops understanding and problem solving skills –
while making lessons engaging and fun.