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Principle 3: Mathematical Thinking

• By the time they reach school, all pupils have demonstrated a significant range of innate ways of thinking that can be harnessed in the classroom to develop mathematical thinking.

• We must support pupils to develop mathematical ‘habits of mind’ – to be systematic, generalise and seek out patterns.

• The creation of a conjecturing environment and considered use of questions and prompts are important elements of encouraging learners to think like mathematicians.

• Our curriculum is designed to give learners the opportunities to think mathematically. Throughout the curriculum you will see tasks that require learners to specialise and generalise, to work systematically, to generate their own examples, to classify and to make conjectures.

• This is aided by our prompts for thinking which help make these important parts of mathematics more explicit.

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