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St John's C of E Middle School Academy

Maths - Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, teaching is based on the new primary Maths curriculum for 2014. Since September 2014, most of the sets in Years 5 and 6 have been following the Collins ‘Busy Ant’ scheme which covers all topics in the new curriculum.

Our Aim

The aim of the Maths Department is to make learning a very positive and fun experience allowing pupils to develop the skills and depth of knowledge which will lead to an inbuilt confidence in their own mathematical ability.

Ability Sets

As soon as pupils arrive at St John's they are put into sets for Mathematics. Decisions are made from a combination of information received from first schools and initial testing. This ensures from the outset that the children are taught Mathematics at the level and pace most appropriate to their needs. As pupils settle into school they are constantly monitored and their progress is assessed half termly and their set position reviewed. Some pupils settle very quickly, others take longer, so it is important to allow them time to adjust to their new surroundings.

When possible, pupils are split into a larger number of sets in Year 6 as this allows a better ratio of teachers to pupils in this important externally assessed year. The process of assessing and reviewing set position continues each half term.