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Maths Curriculum Intent

At St John’s Primary Academy, we know how important Mathematics is to everyday life and with this in mind we aim to ensure that every child has the skills to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately. Our Growth Mindset approach is a fundamental part of our Mathematics teaching and we actively encourage the children to understand that making mistakes is all part of our mathematics learning journey.  


Mathematics is an inter-connected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. Our programmes of study are organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.  


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. 


A range of mathematical resources are used to ensure that pupils move through the concrete, pictorial and abstract stages of learning. We make our Maths lessons as ‘real life’ as possible and link to local, national and global issues where possible. Our school values of kindness, respect and tolerance are an integral part of our Maths teaching and are promoted in each lesson during discussions. Our ‘we can all do Maths’ approach will ensure that children leave St John’s with the belief that each one of us can achieve our very best in this subject and will become a lifelong learner in Mathematics.  

Growing young minds: a great place to enjoy learning!