At St James’s C.E. Primary School, maths subject leaders have chosen methods of teaching maths that aim to deepen children’s understanding of Maths, using the Power Maths scheme.  Our teaching is richly supported by the use of pictorial and concrete resources throughout all year groups, before moving to the abstract.  Children will draw on all 3 aspects throughout their time at primary school.

Throughout each year, children will cover and build on their understanding in:

  • Knowing and using number

  • Addition and subtraction

  • Multiplication and division

  • Using fractions

  • Understanding properties of shape

  • Describing position

  • Direction and movement

  • Using measures

  • Using statistics

  • Using algebra


Once children have a firm grasp of each mathematical technique, we challenge our pupils to use what they have learnt to make rich connections across the distinct areas in order to solve problems.  We believe that it is important for children to be able not only to find the answers to problems but also to be able to explain the reasoning behind their lines of enquiry using accurate mathematical vocabulary.  By celebrating learning and through engaging challenges, we inspire children to increase their fluency in maths and to become sophisticated problem solvers, both in Maths and across the curriculum.


Our children learn the following essential characteristics of mathematics:

  • An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics

  • A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics

  • Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system

  • The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including new or unusual

  • The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges

  • To embrace the value of learning from mistakes or false starts

  • The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions

  • Fluency in preforming written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques

  • A wide range of mathematical vocabulary

  • A commitment to and enthusiasm in the subject


Lessons are professionally sculpted according to the needs of the class. 

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