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Mathematics and Numeracy

We are looking forward to embracing the new Mathematics and Numeracy area of learning here at Johnston Community Primary School. The new curriculum of Mathematics and Numeracy, by definition, has numeracy at its heart.

Numeracy involves applying and connecting the five mathematical skills in a range of real-life contexts, within the Mathematics and Numeracy Area of Learning and Experience, and the wider curriculum. There are five main areas that have been identified in the new curriculum:

  • Conceptual understanding; having the knowledge to understand and explain a mathematical concept.
  • Communication with symbols.
  • Strategic competence (i.e. formulating problems mathematically in order to solve them).
  • Logical reasoning.
  • Fluency


Our approach to Mathematics and Numeracy aims to develop all these areas in a purposeful and meaningful way for all our pupils. Teachers focus on developing procedural fluency and offering pupils opportunity to apply their mathematical understanding in real-life contexts. Teacher use a scheme called Maths No Problem! To support the planning and delivery of lessons. As a school, we are working towards embedding a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach to the teaching of maths where pupils develop a deep and secure understanding of key concepts.