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Mathematics at St John's

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, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Our aim is for every child to develop a sound understanding of Maths, equipping them with the skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school. 

Our Intent for Mathematics

When teaching mathematics, we intend to provide a curriculum which caters for the needs of all individuals. We incorporate sustained levels of challenge through varied and high quality
activities with a focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Pupils are required to explore maths in depth, using mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain their workings. A wide range of mathematical resources are used and pupils are taught to show their workings in a concrete fashion, before establishing ways of pictorially and formally representing their understanding. They are taught to explain their choice of methods and develop their mathematical reasoning skills. We encourage resilience and acceptance that errors are often a necessary step in learning. Our cross curricular approach to learning provides excellent opportunity for mathematics to be applied in ‘real life’ contexts.

How we Implement our Mathematics Curriculum

We implement our approach through high quality teaching delivering appropriately challenging work for all individuals. Our pupils are taught to become competent mathematicians; we strive to embed the skills and processes necessary to enable children to use and apply their Maths learning in a variety of contexts. We aim to develop children’s enjoyment of maths and provide opportunities for children to build a conceptual understanding of maths before applying their knowledge to everyday problems and challenges. Our approach to the teaching of mathematics develops children's ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
Through mathematical talk, children will develop the ability to articulate and discuss
their thinking.

  • Our focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving provides challenging learning as well as opportunities to contextualise mathematics and encourage children to not see mathematical skills in isolation, but to integrate them into other aspects of their learning and lives.
  • With the new curriculum we have placed a far greater focus on reasoning and have seen mathematical resilience improving across the school.
  • Regular and on-going assessment informs teaching, as well as intervention, to support and enable the success of each child. These factors ensure that we are able to maintain high standards, with achievement at the end of KS2 well above the national average and a high proportion of children demonstrating greater depth, at the end of each phase.

Our Mathematics Curriculum

Click here for our Mathematics Whole-School Overview Document

Skills Progression in Mathematics

Click here for our Skills Progression in Mathematics Document

Maths Resources

Click here for our Maths Resource Document

Our Mathematics Knowledge Organisers

Our Knowledge Organisers for each subject can be found on the class pages on this website. Click here to access.