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. At St John’s we aim to provide a high-quality mathematics education, 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.
Using the national curriculum for mathematics, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
· become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
· reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
· 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.
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between different mathematical ideas. Pupils are encouraged to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving problems. They also have the opportunity to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
The expectation at St John’s is that the majority of pupils in a class will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. Decisions about when to progress are always based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged to develop mastery and apply their understanding at greater depth. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material have the time to consolidate their understanding through additional practice, before moving on.
By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.
Please click on the image above to visit the Mathletics website.
What is Mathletics
Mathletics is an exciting web-based learning programme that integrates home and school learning via the internet; it is one of the world’s most used educational websites. Mathletics is the next generation in learning, helping children enjoy maths and achieve improved maths outcomes. There are over one thousand learning activities covering all aspects of the UK Maths Curriculum from KS1 - 5. Our goal with Mathletics is to produce a learning resource that allows teachers to provide quality personalised, formative and motivational maths for all learners, through these key factors:
Differentiation - One of the core objectives of Mathletics is to provide content of an appropriate level of difficulty for all abilities. Teachers can modify and personalise a curriculum plan meeting individual student’s needs.
Assessments for Learning - Teachers receive data in real time on individual children and their whole class performances. This means that they can target their teaching on both a class and individual basis to where it is most needed.
Tangible Improvement and Motivation - Children thrive in an environment where they quickly see that they are making progress; this in turn motivates them to continue and to achieve further success. Mathletics focuses on what intrinsically motivates children, such as recognition for achieving personal bests.
Your child has access to Mathletics through a unique username and password. This means that they can work at their own pace; anywhere, anytime. Children will use it every few weeks in class and for homework. We also encourage short periods of independent use at home, such as 15 minutes twice a week, to help children feel more confident with their maths. Parents can monitor their child’s progress through the Mathletics Family Centre. This will give you access to the learning content your child is following, and information regarding his or her progress within Mathletics. To register for this service, you will need your child’s username and password. Visit www.mathletics.com/parents, complete the fields and click Register. Please remember to record your new username and password.
Each year group will make arrangements for children to engage in Mathletics before, during or after school for those pupils who do not have the necessary IT support at home.
Below you can find some useful documents regarding Mathletics, as well as a link to the website.
What is SPEAR Maths?
SPEAR Maths is a simple but effective framework which promotes the development of problem solving and investigational skills and helps pupils to become independent learners. Based on a brain-friendly philosophy of education, SPEAR helps teachers and pupils to become effective and enthusiastic problem-solvers.
• promotes independence
• supports creative thinking
• encourages the application of Maths concepts
• provides a flexible programme for pupils of all abilities
• meets all the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum
SPEAR Maths uses a five-step framework:
Each stage is supported by a range of pupil and teacher materials to ensure that children develop the problem-solving skills they need to succeed.
What is Big Maths Beat That
To help your child develop fast mathematical recall skills, we test weekly using ‘Big Maths Beat That’. The children are constantly challenged to increase their own score. It provides children with a fun and motivational way to track their own progress and develop their recall skills.
Please click the link below to see our calculation progression policy. Take a look at this helpful diagram to see how we teach mathematical calculations through the school.