At St. Mary’s, we help children to develop a deep understanding of Maths and apply their knowledge and skills in meaningful and practical situations.
They are given opportunities to problem solve and use mathematical reasoning through a balance of group work, independent work, partner work and whole class teaching.
We ensure that Fundamental British Values are fully integrated into our Maths provision, complementing our already established Christian values, to enhance the children’s understanding and appreciation of the world around them. Opportunities for speaking and listening activities such as Talk for Maths as well as use of talk partners helps to promote tolerance and mutual respect.
We follow the National Curriculum which is implemented throughout the school using Pearson’s Abacus Active Learn programme, alongside the Oxford Owl and White Rose Maths Hub Maths Mastery frameworks, which focus on developing children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills, helping to deepen their Mathematical learning and understanding. Teachers work to support and guide the children through the crucial stages of mathematical development and differentiate lesson using a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract methods. Throughout the school, children learn to use technology confidently to support and enhance their mathematics, using programmes such as RM Easimaths and TT Rockstars.
There is a big emphasis on the development of arithmetic skills at St. Mary’s. Across KS2, the children have weekly opportunities to test these skills and then have direct teaching to clarify any misconceptions or method errors to ensure progress and further improvement is made.
Results: In 2018/19 pupils’ attainment in maths was in the top 4% in KS1 and in the top 11% in KS2 compared to all schools nationally.