Why we teach maths

  • To make Maths relevant and meaningful to the children so that they can see how it plays a part in their world, the real world and the ‘maths world’.
  • Build pupils’ resilience.
  • Children have the opportunity to enjoy numbers for numbers’ sake.
  • Children will be able to make links between different areas of maths (i.e. recognise that a missing number question is the same as finding how much liquid is added to a jug)
  • We believe that every child can achieve well

How we teach maths

In the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception classes), the curriculum is guided by the Early Years Outcomes. A range of independent and adult led Maths activities are available on a daily basis, both indoors and outdoors (including during free flow time). Maths activities are always set in a practical context.

F2 Maths 1 F2 Maths F2 Maths 2





In Nursery, Maths teaching starts with number songs and rhymes, to help children develop the appropriate language skills, and there are always opportunities for maths learning in the independent activities available.

Direct teaching focuses on number recognition, counting and shape.

In the Reception class, the children have at least 3 formal Maths sessions a week, each followed by an adult-led activity with the teacher. The pupils’ emerging attempts to record work are recorded in their Foundation Stage profile, which are shared with parents.

In Key Stages 1 and 2, we follow the National Curriculum.

In Years 1 and 2 (KS1) children are taught using the Inspire Maths textbooks. These support us in delivering a mastery curriculum, which results in pupils having a deeper understanding of Maths.






In Years 3 and 4 Maths is taught using Maths No Problem text books, which support children in learning Maths through the Mastery approach.

In Years 5 and 6, Maths is taught using the principles of mastery: all children are given a chance to be challenged as there are no fixed Maths groups; a variety of visual representations and materials (e.g. Numicon, base 10 blocks) are used; children are encouraged to record in a range of ways; they are taught to use maths in a range of different contexts to ensure deeper understanding.

Throughout the school we use 1:1 and small group teaching to enhance our Maths class teaching, to enable pupils to reach the highest possible standards in Maths by addressing any individual gaps or misconceptions.

Children are given regular opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge through problem solving, puzzles and investigations.

Our Maths Policy and Calculation Policy show how the children’s mathematical knowledge develops through the school:

Maths Policy 2016

Calculation Policy St Marys 2016

What we teach

Whole school curriculum map Maths

How parents can help

Try this helpful resource from LGfL:

How to support your child in Maths in Year 1

How to support your child in Maths in Year 2

How to support your child in Maths in Year 3

How to support your child in Maths in Year 4

How to support your child in Maths in Year 5

How to support your child in Maths in Year 6

Maths Definitions