At St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, we follow the new National Curriculum. Our aim is to provide a high-quality mathematics education which gives our pupils both the confidence and competence to work with number in a range of situations.

We endeavour to foster a sense of enjoyment and curiosity within this subject.

By following the National Curriculum, we aim to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. We provide our pupils with opportunities for frequent practice which increases with complexity over time.

Within our mathematics teaching, we encourage our pupils to verbalise their ideas and explain their mathematical thinking. Consequently, our pupils are able to use mathematical language to make their thinking clear to both themselves as well as others.

At St Vincent’s we believe that mathematics is an interconnected subject and that children should be confident when applying their mathematical knowledge to a range a situations. We therefore provide our pupils with a range of opportunities to use and apply their understanding. These take place during our mathematics lessons but also within other areas of the curriculum such as Science and Design and Technology.

Key Stage One
The National Curriculum states that ‘the principle focus of mathematics in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value.’

Our teachers use a range of strategies to develop this understanding such as through games, practical activities and different ways of recording their learning. Children in key stage 1 will also study different shapes and use a range of measures such as length, time and money.

Lower Key Stage Two
The National Curriculum states that ‘the principle focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value.’

Our teachers ensure that our pupils develop their understanding of both written and mental methods to perform calculations accurately. Children in lower key stage 2 will also work with simple fractions and decimals, shapes and develop their accuracy when using measuring instruments.

Upper Key Stage Two
The National Curriculum states that ‘the principle focus of mathematics teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers.’

Our teachers encourage the children to develop this understanding by making connections with other areas of mathematics such as fractions, decimals and percentages. The children in upper key stage two will begin to solve a wider range of problems where the children make links within their mathematical knowledge. They look in more detail at shape and measure, consequently extending their mathematical vocabulary.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become confident in all areas of mathematics, developing skills to solve increasingly difficult problems by using their mathematical skills in a number of different practical activities.
  • Be able to use correct mathematical language to explain their work.
  • To gain problems solving skills such as being able to break a problem down into smaller steps and persevering in finding answers.

Every class has a daily mathematics lesson and cross curricular opportunities are also explored through Science (e.g. graphs), Design and Technology (e.g. measuring) and Art (space and shape).