Maths at Clitheroe St James' CE Primary School

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected subject that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary in most forms of employment. A high-quality Maths education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At Clitheroe St James' CE Primary School, our Maths curriculum aims to develop independent and passionate mathematicians. Children will build a positive, resilient mathematical mindset with fluency of calculations, problem solving and reasoning at the core. Children are constantly challenged to explain why, to prove how they know, to convince that they are correct or to find all possible outcomes. They have a wide range of manipulatives to use in lessons to support their learning. We plan using the The White Rose Scheme of Learning and Small Steps in partnership with the NCETM Progression Maps. Staff use a range of practical resources, including web based tools such as Hit the Button and TTRS, to encourage and engage our children with maths.
Why is Maths important?
Maths is an essential skill that enables us to live an independent life. It teaches us how to make sense of the world around us, whether it be: calculating the total amount of money we need to purchase items, knowing what time to meet a connecting train or weighing precise amounts of ingredients when following a recipe. Maths helps us to develop problem solving and reasoning skills that allow us to solve a variety of problems.
What do our children say about Maths at St James'?
"I love a challenge – it’s good to challenge your brain and make it even better" Year 6
"Maths is really fun – we learn different ways to get the same answer" Year 3
"I love Maths - I like learning new things that I didn’t know about" Year 5
"I really enjoy Maths especially my times tables" Year 4
"I like numbers, I like calculating – adding is easy" Year 2