At St John's, mathematics is considered as a creative and cross-curricular subject. In line with the National Curriculum, pupils develop skills in order to become fluent in the fundamentals of maths, reason mathematically using correct vocabulary and solve problems by applying their skills.
Daily maths lessons incorporate mental arithmetic strategies, formal written methods, problem solving and investigations where children work both independently and collaboratively. From EYFS to Year 6, activities are also linked to real life situations, as well as other subjects, such as science, equipping children with life skills.
Mathematics is an essential life skill and we seek to develop a secure understanding and promote interest in and enjoyment of the subject. Maths is taught daily throughout the school with an emphasis on developing knowledge, strategies and mental skills and applying them through problem solving, games, role-play and practical activities. From Year 2 onwards the children are set according to mathematical ability.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language; and
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the curriculum at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will have opportunities to consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
Times tables are also a focal point in our maths teaching from early on and children are taught to become fluent using a variety of strategies; a high priority is set on the learning of times tables by the end of Year 4. Within Upper Key Stage 2, it is further practiced and developed and children apply their multiplication skills within a range of contexts.
We support our pupils in achieving a high standard of mathematics and developing a positive attitude towards the subject.