Our Mathematics Vision
At Mexborough St John's, our aim is that ALL children are enthusiastic about learning maths and that they develop an inquisitive mind in the subject. As a school, we create opportunities for children to be curious about maths as well as to make the teaching and learning of mathematics exciting. We want all children to have secure basic skills in the subject, so they are then competent to apply their knowledge in a range of ways, across the mathematics curriculum. We aspire to give opportunities where children can make connections in real life scenarios that they can relate to in their own life.
Teaching and Learning of Mathematics
Here at St Johns we follow a mastery approach to maths; this enables the children to become confident and competent when using their maths skills. The idea of mastery is that ALL children grasp the skills taught at their own pace, therefore teachers create various opportunities so they can do so. We do this through encouraging them to use both practical resources and pictures. Children are encouraged to make connections between different areas of mathematics so they are able to make independent decisions. When the children are confident, they engage in challenges that encourage them to reason and explain their mathematical thinking.
In each area of maths taught, teachers plan a careful learning journey which is personal to each class. This includes teaching and learning activities that enable children to grasp specific skills through a range of strategies and by using various resources. Concrete, pictorial and abstract teaching and learning is used within the journey; opportunities for real-life problem-solving is then incorporated into this in the aim that children can make connections to everyday scenarios where maths is used. As a school, we integrate topic teaching into maths lessons whenever possible.