Learning the fundamental concepts of maths is vitally important. That is why we have decided to use the approaches of a well-researched and common-sense approach to maths.
At St James, we use Power Maths as a basis of our maths lesson. This is an exciting class mastery approach, which has been recommended by the DfE, that works for every child. It is based upon the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach.
Every lesson is divided into sections that involve plenty of discovery, sharing, collaboration, practice and reflection. Children are encouraged to solve problems each day through the use of concrete resources, pictorial representations and abstract thinking.
At the heart of this programme is the idea that all children can achieve and be successful mathematicians with the right growth mindset. It promotes five child friendly characters, each with their own positive skillset, to inspire and motivate children.
This approach enables all of our children to access the relevant learning at their stage, whilst being supported by plenty of hands-on resources and materials. At St James, we strive to enable all pupils to develop a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning and we are committed to spending a longer time exploring key concepts, especially number, to develop fluency, promote mathematical reasoning and encourage pupils to make connections in their learning.
Early Years Maths
In the Early Years, children will spend a lot of time talking and learning about the value of number in preparation for their maths learning in KS1 and KS2. They begin their Power Maths journey in Reception which develops children's understanding of number as a building block to future learning.
For more informaiton on how we teach maths, please see How We Teach Maths at St James.
Children throughout school follow a mastery approach where time is spent mastering the skills and concepts in mathematics before moving on to new learning.
Follow the links below to see what children will be learning in each year:
Please click on this link to find out what facts we expect children to be able to recall at speed in each year: Rapid Recall Facts
To see how children progress through the different areas of maths, please click on the links below:
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
Number and Place Value
Ratio and Proportion