Maths at St. John's: Our Intent

At St. John’s we aim to develop in children a positive attitude to mathematics and the children see it as a valuable subject. Maths introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and it supports children in other learning across the breadth of the curriculum. We hope that by studying mathematics at St. John’s it will stimulate curiosity, foster creativity and equip the children who attend St. John’s with the skills they need in life beyond school.

At St. Johns we aim to increase a growth mindset way of thinking about problems so that they can readily make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in their maths work and the world around them. As we develop the children’s confidence in maths they learn to look for patterns, use logical reasoning, suggest solutions and try out different approaches to problems. The children at St. Johns develop an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry, reasoning and problem solving.



To summarise at St. John’s our children:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, 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, making relationships 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. 

Below you can find an overview of the Maths topics taught in each year group at St. Johns