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What Mathematics looks like at St John's Primary School.

Mathematics Overview for St John's


Click below to see how we ensure the Mathematic's objectives are taught throughout the year.


At Leigh St John’s C.E Primary School we are passionate about making maths exciting and accessible to all. We pride ourselves on teaching to children’s unique needs. Children are given sufficient time, appropriate resources (models and images), and opportunities to learn new concepts at their own pace. Some children may need more time to fully embed new learning and consolidate skills. Once they have mastered this, they will be challenged to apply their new leaning in a range of contexts, through our ‘Twists’ approach. For instance, if children have been learning about multiplication and division, they may be asked to solve true or false statements, work out always, sometimes, never statements and to find the odd one out

Example of Twists in Year 3/4


1. If I know 3 x 8= 24. What other multiplication and division facts do I know?


2. How many multiplication and division sentences can you write that have the number 72 in them?


3. Always, sometimes, never - An even number that is divisible by 3 is also divisible by 6


4. Write the number 30 as the product of 3 numbers. Can you do it in different ways?



5. Try to reach the target number below by multiplying three of the numbers together. Cross out any numbers you don’t use. Target number: 144

6. Andy says ‘I can use my three times table to work out 180 ÷ 3’. Explain what Andy could do to work out this calculation




7. Use the numbers 1-8 to fill the circles.

Maths is all about making connections, recognising patterns and developing number sense. For example, if I know 1 + 9 = 10 then I also know 10 + 90 = 100 and that 100+ 900 = 1000. We encourage children to say what they see, discuss patterns; so that they have a ‘feel’ for number, use numbers flexibly, select strategies, think about numbers and generally have number sense useful for solving problems. To help your child develop number sense at home, please see the suggestions and resources available below. (How to support your child at home).


At school we create carefully crafted continuums of skills to progressively teach children the fundamental skills of mathematics. We follow the White Rose Hub sequence of teaching fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills and increasingly allow them to apply their new learning in a range of contexts. Please see below.

We also use the concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) approach to teaching maths, which helps children to build it, physically manipulate it, draw it and eventually visualize it without the need for equipment. This is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths.

Every day, children in all year groups access Mathletics, Maths Shed or IXL Maths to practise quick recall of number facts and also complete challenges set by their teachers to consolidate learning. 
Useful Websites - Practise and consolidate the skills learnt in school, at home!

Useful Apps


  • Squeebles:Addition & Subtraction; Maths Bingo; Fractions; Tell the time; Division; Multiplication
  • Hit the button
  • Maths champions
  • Maths slide: addition and subtraction
  • Maths slide: multiplication and division
  • Maths slide:100 – KS1
  • Maths slide:1000 – KS2
  • Number Pieces
  • Number Frames
  • Number Rack
  • Pieces Basic
  • I See +/-
  • I See X
  • Geoboard
  • Pattern Shapes
  • DoodleMaths
  • Number Line
  • EZ Education Ltd

Resources to help your child:


Maths Passports:


To see what number facts your child will be learning at school, please select the Maths Passport for their year group. There is a different passport (continent) for each year group and the targets on each sheet are the expectations for that year group. The different targets are linked to modes of transport. Each passport has a range of questions linked to the different objectives. When pupils can quickly and confidently answer the example questions (from their passports) - and other examples, the target will be achieved.


A special thank you to Parkfield Primary School for helping us with this fantastic resource!

As with reading, try to make maths as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It's also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.

Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.

Don't shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:

Every family can help their child with maths and boost their own confidence at the same time.

You don’t need to be a genius to give your child the right head start.

​We all use maths every day, often without realising it. We believe that every child can develop the numeracy skills they will need, both at school and throughout their lives. Helping your child feel confident about maths now gives them a head start.


Parental involvement has a large and positive impact on children's learning

Review of Best Practice in Parental Engagement" (Department for Education, 2010)

The effect of parental involvement at home was stronger than that of either socio-economic status or parents' level of education

The impact of parental involvement, parental support and family education on pupil achievement and adjustment (Desforges and Abouchaar, 2003)


Top tips for parents

  • Be positive about maths. Try not to say things like "I can’t do maths" or "I hated maths at school" - your child may start to think like that themselves.
  • Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving numbers and measuring, such as shopping, cooking and travelling.
  • Praise your child for effort rather than for being "clever". This shows them that by working hard they can always improve.
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