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The vision for mathematics at St. James:

All children to prosper and thrive in Maths. Learners will be ready to change the world through a lifelong journey of applying mathematics in a range of different contexts and purposes to enhance their lives.  Reasoning to be an integral part of everyday practice, based on the concrete understanding of key concepts and taught through a rich, sequenced and exciting curriculum based on national standards.


Following the highly regarded White Rose programme of study, St. James' provides an engaging curriculum that stimulates and challenges all learners, no matter what their circumstances may be.  We aspire for every child to become fluent in calculation methods, ensuring they can apply this learning to reasoning and problem-solving scenarios.  The purpose of learning is made clear, exploring links from maths in the classroom to everyday life.  Following the calculation policies below, St. James' advocates the concrete, pictorial, abstract methodology, enabling children to to gain an in-depth knowledge of mathematical concepts.


Our recent academic results speak for themselves, with our end of year national results being significantly higher than the national average in both Key Stage One and Two, for both the expected standard and greater depth.  Pupil conferencing shows that children are confident mathematicians who have benefited from the teaching and learning environment they have received whilst in our care.  As our recent Ofsted report states, 'Pupils are enthusiastic mathematicians and achieve well.  Pupils make clear and useful links within their mathematical learning.  As a result, they confidently apply their mathematical knowledge and skills when problem solving.'