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St John's Catholic

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St John's Catholic

Primary School


Mathematics is important in everyday life.  It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind, we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them.


Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems.    


At St. John’s we aim to develop:


  1. Fluency - Children to be able to recall facts and procedures quickly and select the most efficient method.
  2. Problem solving - Children to use and apply their mathematical knowledge and understanding.
  3. Reasoning - Children to make logical links and connections when tackling maths problems and being able to explain their approach.
  4. Variation - Children to be shown the same concept in different ways and encouraged to look for patterns and relationships.
  5. Children’s knowledge and understanding through a range of concrete resources, pictorial representations and abstract symbols. 

Maths action plan 2023-24

A selection of Mathematics displays around school

What our children think about Mathematics:


"I enjoy problem solving activities as they challenge me." 


"I have used lots of different apps to help me learn times tables. This has been fun!" 


"Mathematics is important because it will help me to get a good job in the future."


"Sometimes we do Maths outside which I love." 


"I like adding really big numbers." 


"We have lots of equipment which helps me to answer the questions."  


Year group curriculum grids and key learning


St. John’s mathematics curriculum uses White Rose and National Centre for Excellence on the Teaching of Mathematics in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Early years Foundation stage (EYFS) framework. We also make use of resources produced by Lancashire mathematics consultants to support our curriculum.


The topics which children study are outlined below. The Key Learning for each year group is also included. Whilst all the assessment objectives are important, the underlined statements are considered crucial for children's knowledge and understanding.

Arithmetic and written calculations

Multiplication Tables Check (MTC)


The multiplication tables check (MTC) is a digital assessment intended to support teachers in ensuring that all pupils know their multiplication tables by the end of primary school. It will enable schools to identify those pupils who may need more support with their times tables.


This academic year the MTC will be administered to Year 4 pupils in June - the check will take most pupils no longer than 5 minutes to complete. 


The government have published a leaflet for schools to share with parents.

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