At St. John’s we aim to create confident mathematicians who are able to manipulate and understand number, applying their
knowledge to different problems and contexts.
Throughout the year, each class covers the different strands of the Mathematics National Curriculum 2014. See the chart below.
The children at St. John’s Highbury Vale use a range of different manipulatives when learning new concepts. When the children have a good conceptual understanding of the mathematical idea, they move on to pictorial and then written methods of recording their calculations and ideas.
We aim to foster a deep understanding of number and every numeracy lesson has an element of mental calculation and of reasoning, be that oral or written, where children are taught to explain, justify and generalise their ideas. We use a number of tools to support Mathematics teaching and learning across the school. Numicon is used, primarily in Reception and Year 1, and children use Mathletics both in and out of school to practise their basic skills.