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Teaching Maths at John Clifford

We aim to teach children in a way that ensures they understand the subject, rather than just being able to follow a set of instructions. To help your child with this we use various resources to support their learning. Below is a guide to how we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Concrete – we use physical resources such as cubes.

Pictorial – we use diagrams

Abstract – numbers are used








Times Tables in 10 minutes - Jill Mansergh uses a number stick to teach the 17 times table in less than ten minutes. A powerful piece of mathematics teaching that can be adapted to any times table teaching, understanding of the number system. It show how pace and images can be used to teach effectively, thoroughly and efficiently.

Welcome to the Maths section of the John Clifford School website.

Maths Week: Maths is Everywhere!


It was fantastic to see so many of our parents in school for Maths Week. Monday's Information Workshops were attended by over 70 parents and hopefully they were of use for an understanding of the Mastery Approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics; maths at John Clifford, including use of the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach and some ideas and strategies for supporting children with maths at home. 


The Thursday Open Morning for Parents in school was also extremely well attended and there was a real buzz around school, thank you. The feel moving from classroom to classroom of parents, children and teachers absorbed in maths learning was exciting, with what better experts than the children themselves?!


Attached below are the presentations from both Information Workshops, the handout resources that were available to take away and some video and activity strategies and resources for supporting children with the learning of times tables at home.



Maths at John Clifford School is based on a model that focuses on challenge, developing independence, problem solving and reasoning. Each week the children work towards being fluent in the mathematical skills taught through a variety of topic areas from the National Curriculum.
Once children are fluent, they are challenged to extend their learning by applying their knowledge at a deeper level through solving problems and demonstrating reasoning skills - the act of thinking about something in a logical, sensible way, and mathematically proving how and why they know something to be true, or not. 
The school is also in the third wave of schools developing a Maths Mastery approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics and is working in association with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics and in collaboration with the Maths Hub East Midlands West specialists.

Maths Information Workshops for Parents 21.05.18


It was so great to see so many of you at the workshops on Monday afternoon. Please find below the presentations that were delivered for the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 workshop and the Key Stage 2 workshop.


Also attached are the handouts that were available for parents to take home from the workshops should you have missed them or not been able to attend the afternoon.


There will be some supporting ideas and strategies for working on times tables with children at home following soon.