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We believe in a ‘teaching to mastery’ curriculum where children develop as successful independent young mathematicians building the confidence to take risks and embrace challenge.

At St John’s we aim to create a sense of excitement and curiosity around mathematics.

We know that the ability to reason mathematically, solve problems, have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics is essential to everyday life.

We follow the National Curriculum balancing fluency, problem solving and reasoning. We teach units in depth using mathematical themes.


We use National curriculum for statutory coverage.  

White Rose sequences the units creating blocks of learning.

The units are broken down into smaller steps using Maths No Problem for guidance, White Rose materials, or NCETM spines.

Units are planned with a careful sequence of progression ensuring both ‘small steps’ and CPA approach to embed understanding and prevent cognitive overload.

We teach the three-part lesson:

  • The anchor task introduces the topic, builds on prior learning and explores what the children know and can do.
  • The guided practice explicitly teaches the maths concept using images, models and manipulatives
  • The independent practice allows children to apply what they have been taught through procedural and conceptual practice. To deepen understanding, problem solving and reasoning tasks are selected.  

The calculation policies support the progression of maths throughout the school.

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