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At John Mayne Primary School all pupils are taught mathematics based on the new National Curriculum for Mathematics. The programme of study aims to ensure that all pupils:

become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.


reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language


can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non- routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

At John Mayne Primary School we want all children to develop a love of mathematics. 

We provide a challenging Maths curriculum, following the mastery approach, inspiring and encouraging independence; developing confident and successful mathematicians.  Our aim is for pupils to become independent, self-assured mathematicians  with the skills to achieve and continue their success in education and beyond.

We believe in the teaching of mental calculation methods and creating opportunities for children to actively engage with the concepts being taught are key to their learning.  We want our children to develop a strong sense of number and a secure understanding of place value early on and do this using a range of resources to support learning.

Formal written recording is practiced regularly and is an important part of learning and understanding; following a progressive path in line with the schools Calculation Policy.

Our focus on the mastery approach, develops a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. Teaching  follows the block planning model, focussing on in depth coverage of concepts.

Concrete, pictorial and abstract recording approaches are encouraged throughout all year groups. Sets of support resources and a range of manipulatives are freely available for independent use in all classrooms.

In all classrooms ‘Maths Talk’ is actively encouraged to again support and to deepen their understanding and experience different approaches to mathematical thinking. Jottings and recording mathematical thoughts are also encouraged, supporting children to explain their thinking and methods clearly.

We use a number of online resources to support the teaching and learning of maths in school and children in KS2 are often set homework tasks using the online Times Tables Rockstars  and Mathletics