At St John's our emphasis is on developing the child's understanding of Maths, they should not be forced to move on if it is not accessible for them to do so, we support children to make progression that is appropriate for each individual. 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 believe that this enables the children to be confident and enthusiastic learners. 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.
We realise that many of the methods that are used will have changed since Parents and Carers were at school so we have a calculation policy that outlines the different strategies that pupils will use as they progress through the school. As a child moves from one year group to another and one Key Stage to another it does not mean that they will move from one strategy to the next. If you would like any methods explained further, please do always feel free to speak to a member of staff.