Welcome to our mathematics information page.


Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.

Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind at St Marys CE School we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives.

It is vital that a positive attitude towards mathematics is encouraged amongst all of our pupils in order to foster confidence and achievement in a skill that is essential in our society. At St Marys we use the new National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) as the basis of our mathematics programme. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding which could become barriers to learning as they move through education. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

2016 – 2017 Foci:

  • This year we are focusing on further embedding planning and marking to provide our children with the opportunity to develop mastery in maths. We are also ensuring our pupils have not only learned their times tables but begin to master them, by applying them to problems.
  • To use the outdoor environment to reinforce maths principles and explore problem solving.

The age expectations for each year group are located here.  However the following documents show the progression in maths and a summary of objectives for each year group.

Reach for the Sky – September 2017

This is our support initiative to enable our families to support their children in maths. As part of this we provide further information for parents. This has been in response to parent asking how they can support their child in maths and how calculations are written in each year group. This dovetails with our teaching and support programmes to ensure our children reach their potential and aim high to try and master maths!  The documents are provided below and sent to parents at the beginning of the year.

Foundations Stage     Year 1     Year 2      Year 3     Year 4    Year 5     Year 6


Calculation-Policy 2016

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maths-key-objectives          Multiplication website  

You may like to download our timestables progression chart to have at home.

times tables challenge   These are now printed in our children’s Key Stage 2 Planners so parents can monitor their child’s progress.

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