St. Paul’s Catholic Primary School


We offer a rich and relevant mathematics curriculum that aims to teach children the skills they require for success in everyday life, and develop their confidence and ability to apply these skills in practical situations.

During maths lessons, number and calculations make up much of the main focus of learning. We know that children need to develop quick recall of number facts, including multiplication tables, to enable them to solve progressively-complex problems with confidence. For this reason, there is also an emphasis on the development of arithmetic, through varied and repeated practice, and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in a real-life situation.

In the Foundation Stage, children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum opportunities for number, calculation and shape, space and measures. Learning for these areas is through children’s play and group activities inside and outside.

Practical activities are an important part of the development of mathematical skills, and continue to be used throughout the school. Opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other curriculum areas, especially science, are sought throughout the year.


Planning is derived from the English National Curriculum, which states its aims as the following:

·         to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

·         to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

·         can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Recommended Websites

BBC KS1 Maths

BBC KS2 Maths

Singapore Maths (Using ‘Bar Method’ Modelling To Solve Word Problems)

(also available as free i-pad apps)

General Curriculum Games Sites – with Maths

Problem Solving And Reasoning

N’Rich KS1

N’Rich KS2

Working at Greater Depth in Upper KS2