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Clayton St. John C of E Primary School

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Maths Overview



At Clayton St John, we encourage our pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics so that they are able to grow into confident mathematicians who enjoy and achieve in their learning. 

The teaching of Maths at Clayton St John will give opportunities for all learners to develop; fluency, reasoning, problem solving, language and mastery skills. 

In Maths, we have developed our own ‘Teaching Maths the Clayton Way’ Curriculum which adapts ideas from the White Rose Maths Hub to meet the needs of our children. This follows a Mastery approach of teaching children to their year group expectations whilst always having challenge available for those working at greater depth as well as support for children who may find the task challenging.  The Maths curriculum encourages children to develop their mathematical skills by answering questions of different styles as well as developing their reasoning skills. A reasoning thread is built in to the curriculum to ensure that these skills are taught and revisited throughout different mathematical topics to ensure it is embedded in to children’s learning. The curriculum is designed to develop children’s independence, confidence and self-challenge to get onto the higher order questions.  


We aim that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing resilience and confidence, including unfamiliar contexts and real-life scenarios.
  • Can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can use the language of mathematics accurately; discussing their learning with confidence and precision.
  • Are engaged, enjoy and succeed in maths lessons.
  • Have access to maths everyday.

The National Curriculum for mathematics describes in detail what pupils must learn in each year group. The school has developed a mastery approach using resources from White Rose Maths Hub to support teachers in delivering this approach. All teachers responsible for the planning and assessment of delivering Maths have received appropriate training on the approach.

We are committed to ensuring that all pupils are given the opportunity to achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding that provide barriers to learning as they move through education.


Our definition of mastery:

Mastery is not just being able to memorise key facts and procedures. Mastery means being able to use one’s knowledge appropriately, flexibly and creatively and to apply it in new and unfamiliar situations.

For all maths concepts, teachers need to ensure that children are ‘challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems.’ After developing secure fluency, children need to show that they can apply their knowledge in mathematics in a range of contexts moving on further for greater depth and mastery.


How we do it:

  • We follow the ‘Teaching Math’s the Clayton way’ long term planning to support our medium/short term plans
  • Differentiation is clear and appropriate for ability groups
  • SEN children have clear provision.
  • Mental maths is taught daily.
  • TT rockstars is taught daily.
  • 5 lessons taught per week minimum.
  • A clear learning objective is shown in the lesson plans
  • Learning objectives are taken from the ‘Teaching Maths the Clayton Way’.
  • Teaching Maths the Clayton Way’ is followed and adapted to the needs of the pupils.
  • A range of pictoral/concrete/ abstract/variation and reasoning activities are evidenced.
  • Both year group classes will follow the same sequence in learning.