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Subject overview:

At St John’s we share the belief that Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems.

It 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, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject

- National Curriculum

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into distinct areas, but pupils will make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

Subject Co-ordinator: Sharon Short

KS1 curriculum:

Mathematics Mastery is a key project at St John’s to raise standards in Mathematics. It will be implemented across the academy in the next two years, starting in year 1, and we will run sessions to provide parents with more information about this exciting initiative.

The Mathematics Mastery curriculum follows National Curriculum objectives and has been developed to ensure every child can achieve excellence in mathematics. Itprovides pupils with a deep understanding of the subject through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. This ensures pupils fully understand what they are learning.

Key features of our Mathematics Mastery Curriculum:

  • High expectations for every child
  • Fewer topics, greater depth
  • Number sense and place value come first
  • Research based curriculum
  • Objects and pictures always before numbers and letters
  • Problem solving is central
  • Calculate with confidence – understand why it works

Mathematics Mastery places emphasisonthecumulative masteryofessential knowledgeandskillsinmathematics.Itembedsadeeper understandingofmathematicsbyutilizingaconcrete, pictorial, abstract approachso thatpupils understand whattheyare doing ratherthanjust learningtorepeat routines without grasping whatis happening.

KS2 curriculum:

In KS2 we aim for all pupils to build upon their mathematics understanding, engage in varied and frequent practice in the fundamentals of mathematics to enable them to develop their conceptual understanding. This will be enable them to solve problems of increasing complexity and reason using mathematical language. Good learning takes place when pupils are given opportunities to solve problems by developing their understanding and making links between different areas of mathematics and applying skills. Good teaching enables good learning to take place. It involves creating an appropriate, supportive environment where pupils can respond to high levels of expectation and challenge and develop their independence.


In Mathematics Mastery assessment is continuous. From the beginning of every lesson, teachers and learning assistants will be assessing what their pupils are, or are not understanding and use this to scaffold each segment of the lesson. Interventions will be both planned for and ‘live’,meaning that misconceptions are dealt with immediately and high attaining pupils are challenged appropriately.

In addition to this children will be assessed on a termly basis through White Rose assessment materials.

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