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St. John's Church of England
Primary School

Mathematics 

As part of the maths curriculum the school aims to give children a thorough understanding of number work, shape, space and statistics. A strong emphasis is also placed on investigative and problem solving activities. The work is delivered through a balance of individual tasks, group work and whole lessons, incorporating both practical hands on resources to consolidate understanding as well as ICT. There is a strong commitment to practical activities leading to mathematical understanding which enables the children to tackle more complex mathematical operations with confidence.

      

"The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on."

Maths is taught daily predominantly as a discrete subject using a published maths scheme throughout the school (Abacus) and is complemented with cross curricular work where clear links are made to emphasise the importance of maths and how it helps us in other curriculum areas and everyday life.

There is an additional 10 minutes every afternoon where the children focus on rapid recall tasks, times tables and the other 4 operations. There is a strong commitment to practical activities leading to mathematical understanding which enables the children to tackle more complex mathematical operations with confidence.

The Maths Curriculum is split up into three areas; these are:

1. Conceptual Understanding

The Maths Curriculum is split up into three areas; these are:

Pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practise with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

2. Mathematical Reasoning

Focused mathematics talk is central to our mathematics lessons. Pupils reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

3. Problem Solving

Pupils 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.

Fridge Maths                                                        

At the start of every term KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are sent home for every class in school. The idea is that these sheets can be kept on the fridge and practised at regular intervals over the term. Each sheet contains practical ideas as well as interent games, where possible.

KIRFs are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work in schools. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing, although sometimes the facts will be those that 'just need to be learnt'.

See your child's class webpage to find the termly KIRFs.

Please find below details of the mathematical methods used in our classrooms.

Below is a quick reference guide which shows the methods used at each stage for the four main operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Below are the full calculation policies for both EYFS and Years 1-6: