At Crosfields we aim to inspire pupils with the ‘beauty of Mathematics’.
Mathematical beauty describes the notion that some mathematicians may derive aesthetic pleasure from their work, and from mathematics in general. They express this pleasure by describing mathematics (or, at least, some aspect of mathematics) as beautiful. Mathematicians describe mathematics as an art form, a creative activity.
J.H.Poincare (cited in H.E.Huntley, The Divine Proportion, Dover, 1970) “The mathematician does not study pure mathematics because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it and he delights in it because it is beautiful”.
At Crosfields we recognise its value in all we do throughout life. It is our aim to get all of our pupils to see beauty in mathematics. We encourage pupils of all ages to adopt a positive attitude to the subject and to see it as lively and exciting.
We recognise that pupils learn in different ways as such we aim to feature all aspects of learning mathematics, including practical application, investigation, use of technology, discussion and practice. We prepare our pupils to be independent problem solvers and applied thinkers.
To recognise the value of mathematics we seek to involve pupils in maths talks, investigation workshops and maths challenges. Children have the opportunity to attend one of many maths clubs and clinics that are available weekly.
We encourage pupils to think logically and creatively, working both independently and cooperatively.
We teach children to communicate their ideas, learn skills to manipulate numbers, work with shapes and space, investigate abstract concepts and use their skills to investigate and solve problems.