What We Think and Why We Think it – Primary

Stage: Early years, 1 and 2

The development of NRICH primary resources is informed by the following beliefs:

Natural Curiosity

  • All of us are naturally curious about mathematics.
  • It is intrinsically satisfying to gain mathematical understanding.
  • There are many ways of working mathematically.Thinking Mathematically
  • Mathematics is a worthwhile and interesting activity in its own right.
  • You can find out whether something is true in mathematics by deductive reasoning rather than empirical evidence or opinion.
  • Mathematics has order and structure and can be beautiful.Working Collaboratively
  • Exchanging questions and ideas is an important part of working mathematically.
  • We also learn by reflecting on our mistakes and misconceptions.Mindset and Determination
  • Mathematical ability is not fixed: everyone can make progress in mathematics.
  • Everyone should have the opportunity to grapple with problems that they do not yet know how to solve.
  • Everyone should have the opportunity to succeed mathematically.

This leads us to believe that all learners are entitled to:

  • a rich mathematical learning experience
  • assessment criteria that offer them opportunities to succeed
  • a challenging mathematical curriculum which offers them opportunities to struggle

NRICH aims to offer free resources for teachers who are committed to nurturing confident, resourceful and enthusiastic learners of mathematics. To find out more, see our Primary Curriculum page.

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