Our Maths Intent
At St James Church School we aim to develop children as confident mathematicians who have the ability to apply their learning in context.
As a school we have are on a mathematical journey and have chosen to begin to implement and follow the NCETM Curriculum Prioritisation in Years 1-3 focusing on the teaching of mastery and the White Rose Maths Hub Schemes of Learning for years 4, 5 and 6 to aid the progression on our long term plan. We use the long term overviews to guide our planning process and always adapt our planning to suit the needs of the learners in the class and focus on any gaps in knowledge or misconceptions.
To ensure the children's understanding of key mathematical concepts is fully developed and supported we follow a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach to our Calculation Policy. We also recognise the importance of children developing strong mental maths skills and they are supported in this through our Whole School Times Table plan, arithmetic tests and challenges.
In Reception and KS1 we follow the NCETM Mastering of Number Approach to consolidate our understanding of number and embed the building blocks of Maths . This is built on throughout KS2 in our Phonics of Maths sessions to consolidate our understanding of mathematical concepts and aids rapid recall of times tables.