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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.  We at St Richards Catholic Primary School endeavour to nurture a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Children here have a passion for maths. It is taught to be fun, engaging and enjoyable, as well as challenging, giving children the freedom and independence to question, investigate, test and understand a concept through their own means of investigation.


We follow the National curriculum, whose aims in maths are that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of maths, are able to reason mathematically and can solve a range of problems by applying their mathematics.   


Through using the White Rose Maths Schemes of Learning as our starting point we aim to create confident mathematicians and are helping children across all the phase groups to become independent and reflective in their thinking.


Across Key stage 1, the principal focus is for pupils to develop confidence and mental fluency with numbers in all 4 operations, and often use practical resources to help.  They are gradually introduced to formal methods for written calculations in Number from Year 3 and we have agreed methods for written calculation for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Copies of these methods are available in the documents below -Calculation policy Ladders. Mathematics is an interconnected subject, in which pupils use and apply a range of skills in multiple situations and other subject areas too.

At St Richard's, we have adopted a mastery approach to teaching maths where children gain a full and deeper understanding of a mathematical concept.  It is not merely being able to recall key facts or know a method, it’s to have the understanding of what the fact actually means and understand why a method works in the way it does.  In order to support this, we use the three stage approach of concrete, pictorial and abstract teaching:

Concrete: Concrete is the “doing” stage, using concrete objects to model problems. Instead of the traditional method of math teaching, where a teacher demonstrates how to solve a problem, children are encouraged to use apparatus to represent the problem how they see it using objects.


Pictorial: Pictorial is the “seeing” stage, using representations of the objects to model problems. This stage encourages children to make a mental connection between the physical object by replacing it with a visual representation through drawing.


Abstract: Abstract is the “symbolic” stage, where children now progress to representing the object as a number or mathematical symbol showing their understanding of the problem.

We have subscribed each child to two online maths sites where they can access a variety of maths tasks to help them practice and consolidate maths learning.  They all have individual usernames and passwords for these.


My Maths -teachers can upload learning activities that supports what is happening in class that week. There are games to play and children can access the online lessons and activities in order to consolidate their own learning.


TimesTables RockStars- Children can also practise their timetables by logging into their individual account for TimesTables RockStars