At Ainsdale St John’s Primary, we are mathematicians. All children are encouraged by the belief that by working hard at maths they can succeed. In short, they can master maths and by acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught, children can move on to more advanced material. Our belief and aim is that they can acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. We believe that our whole school family can ‘Grow, Develop and Achieve in ALL that we do’.
The intention of our approach is to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to achieve confidence and competence within the deepest learning. We want to develop mathematical fluency so the children are quick and efficient when recalling facts and procedures and have the flexibility to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics.
We see mastery of maths as a journey and long term goal, achieved through exploration, carefully crafted lessons and resources. Through high quality teaching, we aim to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge where critical thinking, intelligent practice and consolidation play a central role. Children are encouraged to collaborate and share their learning, they are given opportunities to communicate their understanding clearly and in a variety of ways.
Within a creative curriculum we want pupils to realise that our understanding of maths has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. They should know that it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology, engineering and necessary for financial literacy.
As pupils progress through the school, we intend children to have the ability to reason mathematically, have an appreciation of the beauty and power of maths and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.