Mathematics at John Clifford
"The most certain way to succeed is to just try one more time."
‒ Thomas Edison
Why do we teach Maths?
Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. We believe that all children can succeed at mathematics. Our staff combine a positive mindset with strong subject knowledge to encourage a love of learning and a resilience that enables everyone to achieve.
At John Clifford, these skills are embedded within Maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. We want all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics.
How do we teach Maths?
The content and principles underpinning the 2014 Mathematics curriculum and the Maths curriculum at John Clifford reflect those found in high-performing education systems internationally, particularly those of east and south-east Asian countries such as Singapore, Japan, South Korea and China. These principles and features characterise this approach and convey how our curriculum is implemented:
To ensure whole consistency and progression, the school uses the DfE approved White Rose Maths Hub scheme and the school’s ongoing engagement with the DFE funded Maths Hubs programme continues to ensure that staff at all levels understand the pedagogy of the approach. New concepts are shared within the context of an initial related problem, which children are able to discuss in partners. This initial problem-solving activity prompts discussion and reasoning, as well as promoting an awareness of maths in relatable real-life contexts that link to other areas of learning. In KS1, these problems are almost always presented with objects (concrete manipulatives) for children to use. Children may also use manipulatives in KS2. Teachers use careful questions to draw out children’s discussions and their reasoning. The class teacher then leads children through strategies for solving the problem, including those already discussed. Independent work provides the means for all children to develop their fluency further, before progressing to more complex related problems. Mathematical topics are taught in blocks, to enable the achievement of ‘mastery’ over time. Each lesson phase provides the means to achieve greater depth, with more able children being offered rich and sophisticated problems, as well as exploratory, investigative tasks, within the lesson as appropriate.
In mathematics lessons you will see the following:
We have adopted the White Rose Maths Hub Teaching for Mastery Scheme of Learning. For more information, please see the calculation policy below.
What are the outcomes for our children?
The school has a supportive ethos and our approaches support the children in developing their collaborative and independent skills, as well as empathy and the d to recognise the achievement of others. Children can under-perform in Mathematics because they think they can’t do it or are not naturally good at it. The White Rose Maths Hub scheme of learning addresses these preconceptions by ensuring that all children experience challenge and success in Mathematics by developing a growth mindset. Regular and ongoing assessment informs teaching, as well as intervention, to support and enable the success of each child. These factors ensure that we are able to maintain high standards, with achievement at the end of KS2 in line with national average and a high proportion of children demonstrating greater depth, at the end of each phase.
Take a look at our Maths curriculum below
Some of our amazing Maths work!