Mathematics is a creative and interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
When reading, vocabulary and working out the meaning of unknown words is an essential component of comprehension. This task becomes more difficult in Mathematics as the task of working our new or challenging vocabulary becomes more difficult as there are words that are specific to Mathematics that are not used in everyday conversation. For this reason, we place an emphasis on teaching and the correct use of mathematical language.