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Our Intent for Maths at Knaresborough St John's Primary School

Mathematics is an important subject that helps us to understand so much about what happens in the world. We want all pupils at Knaresborough St John’s Primary School to experience enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding gained through positive attitudes. We believe all children can achieve in mathematics and develop a secure and deep understanding of concepts through fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and varied problems. At our school, all children will have the opportunity to access age related content (and above) and will be supported in understanding this through pre-teaching and corrective teaching when necessary. They will spend time applying and being creative with new knowledge in multiple ways. We aim for all pupils to: 

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. 
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language. 
  • be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios 
  • have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.   

 Curriculum Progression Document and Long Term Plans

The aims of these documents is to provide an 'at a glance' guide to how the White Rose Maths Curriculum links to the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curriculum and how it progresses through topics

Calculations at Knaresborough St John's Primary School

A lot of parents ask how we teach the children to do different types of calculations like addition, subtraction etc. This document shows this information for each of the year groups in school, which you might find helpful when supporting your child at home. Click on the links to see our school's calculation guidance for Adding and Subtracting and the guidance for Multiplication and Division.  If you have any questions about the methods shown, then please get in touch with your child's class teacher or Mrs Calvert (our Maths Leader).

Maths Passports

Maths Passports are resources that we use in school to develop their fluency and recall skills.  They are a progression set of targets for the children to achieve that build on prior knowledge and provide the stepping stones for future learning.  Follow the links below to access the activities, the targets and ways to support your child as they move through the different passport challenges.

  1. British Isles Activity Mat and Supporting Document
  2. Europe Activity Mat and Supporting Document
  3. Africa Activity Mat and Supporting Document
  4. South Africa Activity Mat and Supporting Document
  5. Asia Activity Mat and Supporting Document
  6. Australasia Activity Mat and Supporting Document
  7. North America Activity Mat and Supporting Document
  8. South America Activity Mat and Supporting Document
  9. Antarctica Activity Mat and Supporting Document
  10. Globe Trotters Activity Mat and Supporting Document
  11. Milky Way Activity Mat and Supporting Document

Superhero Challenges

A progressive set of challenges that are focused on the multiplication tables and their associated division facts.  To download the practice booklet, please click on the link below and start helping your child become a master of maths.

Superhero Booklet


Additional Links

Also, here are a few links which you might find useful:

Maths Overviews 
Click below for a detailed overview of what St John's children are learning in each year group in Maths
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