At St. John’s we want our children to receive a high quality mathematics education that ensures all pupils are:
Fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
Have the ability to reason mathematically
Can apply their knowledge and understanding to solve problems
We also want them to have an appreciation of the power of mathematics and develop a sense of fun and curiosity about the subject.
We use a mastery approach to teaching Maths supported by Inspire - our chosen Singapore Maths scheme. This scheme uses accessible textbooks to introduce concepts in a highly scaffolded way through concrete, pictorial and abstract learning. Children's work is based on reasoning and problem solving, along with practical activities, to develop a sound, fluent knowledge of number and calculation, measurement, shape, data, money and time. We encourage pupils to use mental methods, practical equipment and also jottings such as; number lines, counting sticks, bead strings and number squares, to support their understanding.This enables children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians. It is one of the schemes of work approved by the DfE and NCETM. Inspire is a sustained and consistent scheme with a carefully designed spiral progression and an emphasis on a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach.