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St John's Catholic Primary School

Maths

‘I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

Intent

The 2014 National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all children:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics
  • Are able to reason mathematically
  • Can solve problems by applying their Mathematics

At St. John’s Catholic Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. We want all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject and we strive to promote and instil a positive mind-set about mathematics for all children. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics through careful linking with STEM subjects.

Implementation

In St John’s, we have carefully selected and adopted a curriculum which incorporates careful and progressive planning and reliable and purposeful assessment. We primarily use the White Rose scheme of work and adapt these to ensure they are bespoke to our school and our individual requirements based on assessment. We have a range of online platforms accessible for the children which supplement our scheme of learning including: Third Space Learning, Active Learn, EdShed and PiXl. In order to advance individual children’s maths skills in school and at home, we utilise Times Tables Rock Stars for multiplication practise, application and consolidation.

Our teaching and learning in maths includes a focus on:

  • Small steps
  • Ping pong style of delivery
  • Implementing the Concrete, pictorial and abstract (SPA) approach to introducing, exploring and applying mathematical concepts
  • Considering key questions and mathematical vocabulary at the point of unit planning
  • Modelling of a skill and approaches
  • Modelling and sharing of efficient and accurate application of methods
  • Opportunities to explore maths concepts at greater depth
  • Include all learners


We challenge our children through carefully planned, engaging activities and by promoting and embedding effective use of self-assessment. Through providing STEM opportunities, teachers capture children’s individual attention and imagination with creative, fun and exciting cross-curricular links. We allow all children to fluently apply their skills through reasoning and problem solving at the level that is accessible to them. 

Impact

Our school ethos and our approaches support the children in developing their collaborative and independent skills, as well as empathy and the need to recognise the achievement of others. We are aware that children can often underperform in Mathematics because they think they can’t do it or are not naturally good at it and therefore the teaching of Maths at St. John’s addresses these preconceptions by ensuring that all children enjoy challenge and success in Mathematics and develop a growth mind-set.  As a result of our approaches, our children use mathematical concepts and procedures fluently and confidently across the curriculum; looking for opportunities to further their learning within mathematics. Regular and ongoing 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 above the national average and a high proportion of children demonstrating greater depth, at the end of KS2.  The Mathematic curriculum at St. John’s enables the children to: apply their skills in everyday situations; grow in their love and appreciation of the mathematical world around them; and have a readiness to continue their mathematical learning journey into KS3 and beyond.

Maths Curriculum broken down by year group

Maths Curriculum broken down by strand

Examples of learning in EYFS

 

 

Examples of learning in KS1

 

 

Examples of learning in KS2

 

 

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