Catherine Junior School

Together, we can do it!

Vision & Intent

Catherine Junior School Maths Vision Statement


At Catherine Junior School our curriculum is designed to provide, through inspiring and engaging experiences, and by providing the knowledge and skills to become independent, life-long learners.  We recognise that mathematics is essential to everyday life; critical to the development of science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.  For our children to function successfully in the world around them, they must have a secure understanding of mathematics. 

We teach mathematics daily focusing on the three core aims of the National Curriculum:  fluency, reasoning and problem solving.  Our teaching intends for children to know more, remember more and do more and is planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills.

Catherine Junior School has a ‘teaching for mastery’ approach.  Mastering Maths means that pupils acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.  The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering Maths.  Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that has been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material. (NCETM)

Aims and Objectives:

We believe that every child can master an understanding and love of maths, with the right kind of teaching and support.  At Catherine Junior School, we have high expectations to enable excellence for all and we base our teaching on the belief that all children have the potential to succeed regardless of any barriers or special education needs.  All aspects of our eight key principles in The Catherine Code underpin our curriculum, which promotes our school motto and ethos of ‘Together, we can do it!’

CJS aim to develop learners who:

  • Have the competence and confidence to solve a range of problems through fluency with numbers and mathematical reasoning.
  • Are encouraged to see the mathematics that surrounds them every day and find pleasure in developing vital life skills in this subject.
  • Use reasoning, think logically and work systematically to solve problems both independently and with others.
  • Connect knowledge to other things they have learnt and use what they already know to apply knowledge gained.
  • Communicate using a range of sophisticated mathematical language and express themselves clearly and in a variety of ways.
  • Have a Growth Mindset and a positive ‘can-do’ attitude towards the subject of Mathematics.
  • Use The Catherine Code and are Supportive, Resilient, Collaborative, Enthusiastic, Motivated, Respectful, Thoughtful and Valued.