Teaching of Mathematics

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Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills, and the ability to become “out of the box” thinkers.

Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and development. Different cultures have contributed to the development and application of mathematics. Today, the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections.

Mathematics is a core subject of the National Curriculum. It is given a high priority at John Perryn Primary School. The most important reason for teaching mathematics to all children is that it can be used to provide them with a powerful means of communication to represent, to explain and to predict.

We aim to present the subject as one that the pupils can use and enjoy, whilst realising that it is also a tool to be used in the world beyond the classroom.

  • To use the National Primary Strategy as a basis for all Maths lessons.
  • To equip all our children with the basic Numeracy skills necessary for life.
  • To enable children to make quick recall of basic mathematical facts. (please see our calculation policy). doc
  • To encourage children to think clearly and logically, to solve problems and to show confidence in overcoming difficulties.
  • To encourage a positive attitude to mathematics through appropriate work, encouragement and support.
  • To enable children to achieve their true potential in mathematics.
  • To support all children in their work, at whatever level.
  • To provide a stimulating environment for mathematical activities.
  • To encourage an understanding of appropriate mathematical language.
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Mathematics is taught explicitly each morning for 1 hour. Each lesson normally contains a Mental Mathematics and a Written Mathematics part. Over the year the children cover a range of calculation, problem solving strategies, geometry and statistics.

Pupils are grouped appropriately, in ability groups or in groups appropriate to the task in hand. Differentiation through group, or at other times, individual tasks, will enable all the children to access the National Curriculum in mathematics.

All the lessons follow the framework of the National Primary Strategy as it appears in the Standards Framework. Lessons have clearly defined objectives appropriate for the children involved, as well as clear steps to success.

We have a governor linked to the mathematics subject. She will be coming to the school and work with us to further improve the subject.

We also aim for an Inclusive education; this means that all students in a school, regardless of strengths or weakness in any area become part of the school. EAL, SEN and More able/Gifted and Talented are catered for in each classroom. Teachers will provide resources to move on their learning forward. Homework and Gifted and Talented clubs have been planned to address individual needs.

Learning at John Perryn doesn’t stop when the home time bell rings. Children are provided with some online resources they could use at home such as Espresso and Mathletics. They can access them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides the perfect link between home and school, where results seamlessly flow.


The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated,

but to make complicated things simple.

                                                                    - S. Gudder -