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Mathematics is a life skill.  It is an essential element of communication, widely used in society, both in everyday situations and in the world of work. At St Mary’s our aims in teaching mathematics are:

  • To equip pupils with the mathematics they need to become numerate.
  • To develop their ability to apply mathematical skills with confidence and understanding when solving problems.
  • To enable pupils to express themselves and their ideas using the language of mathematics with assurance.
  • To develop positive attitudes to mathematics, recognising that mathematics can be both useful and enjoyable.
  • To nurture a fascination and excitement of mathematics
  • To be able to use and apply the skills in other curricular areas.

A daily mathematics lesson of 40 – 60 minutes is taught in Year 1 – 6. EYFS is used for children at the foundation stage.  At this stage pupils experience mathematics on a daily basis.  This early introduction to mathematics will generally be undertaken orally and often in the context of a class theme, e.g. a particular story.  Opportunities for mathematics are developed through daily routines and all areas of learning.

Pupils are generally taught in classes according to their year group and ability; the skills acquired in the numeracy lesson are then applied across the curriculum.

In order to provide the children with active and stimulating learning experiences, a variety of teaching and learning opportunities are adopted:-

  • Children may work individually on a task, in pairs or in a small group, depending on the nature of the activity.
  • Wherever possible practical ‘real’ activities are used to introduce concepts and reinforce learning objectives.
  • Opportunities to transfer skills learnt, to real situations, are used whenever possible.
  • Activities are planned to encourage the full and active participation of all pupils.
  • Teachers differentiate tasks throughout the lesson in order to meet the needs of all abilities.
  • Teachers place a strong emphasis on correct use of mathematical language; this is supported by key vocabulary being displayed.
  • Teachers value pupils’ oral contributions and create an ethos in which all children feel they can contribute.

Morning Maths Club

Every morning from September to May, before the school day begins, children in the Upper Phase (Y5/Y6) and Middle Phase (Y3/4) attend morning maths sessions.  These invaluable sessions allow the children to practise their mathematical skills with help from their teachers, TAs or indeed their friends.  The four rules of number are practised every day so that their maths lessons in curriculum time can be spent honing skills in the other areas.  These sessions also enable the children to use and practise the many mental maths skills they will need for their statutory tests at the end of Y6.  Over the last 6 years, since the morning maths club was established, we have seen a significant rise in the attainment of children in the KS2 SATs!

Gifted and Talented

Every June, St Mary’s take at least one team of four Y6 children to the Maths Challenge Day at St Joseph’s Catholic College to compete against teams from the other primary feeder schools as well as a Y7 team from St Joseph’s.  Complex problems, in the form of puzzles, quizzes and relay races, are given to stretch and challenge each team.  Only the bold and the brave need apply to enter!

For more information on St Mary's maths curriculum, please download the documents below:

The primary National Curriculum documents and Policies for Mathematics: