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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School


St Peter’s Curriculum Intent

Throughout the school, our work is based on values which are shared by all staff. It is our belief that our curriculum should:

  • Ensure that children have the knowledge and skills needed to achieve their best, both now and in the future;
  • Give children the opportunity to learn about the wider world and their place within it, developing care for others and an understanding of social justice;
  • Develop and value the whole child and will enable them to flourish as individuals.

To read more about out aims and curriculum intent, please visit our curriculum page.

Maths: Purpose of Study

Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Maths: Aims

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

  • 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;
  • 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.

Maths at St Peter’s

All children from the EYFS have a daily maths lesson and additional short maths sessions as needed across the week.

We follow the National Curriculum for mathematics. You can find a copy of the maths programme of study for key stages one and two here. Key Performance Indicators for Maths in Y1-6 can be found on our year group curriculum pages.

Our year group overviews and medium term plans use Power Maths as a basis to deliver curriculum coverage. We believe in giving all children the opportunity to reason and solve problems regularly in maths lessons and ensure work is tailored to suit the needs of individual or groups of children so our lessons are inclusive.

Below, you will find overviews for the teaching of maths in each year group. Please note that teachers may adapt these over the course of each term or the year in order to meet the needs of their class. If you have any questions about the maths curriculum in your child's year group, please speak to the class teacher.

EYFS/ Year Reception Maths Overview

Year 1 Maths Overview

Year 2 Maths Overview

Year 3 Maths Overview

Year 4 Maths Overview

Year 5 Maths Overview

Year 6 Maths Overview

Resources for Parents

Following feedback from parents about Maths and how confident they feel in supporting their children, some common themes have emerged:

  • Understanding the learning behind the maths that children do;
  • Receiving more information about maths in the Early Years (our Power Maths scheme is organised differently in Reception class and is only one part of their maths learning);
  • Having demonstrations to show how maths is taught using video or other digital media.

In response to these issues, we have created a brand new video information series for parents #MathsMonday!

#MathsMonday will post on our school Facebook page and website, giving parents an insight into how children develop mathematical awareness, the resources that we use to support children and the methods that children learn.

Below are some additional resources to help you to support your child’s learning in Maths. If you would like any further advice on how to help your child, please speak to your child’s teacher who will be pleased to help you.

Calculation Policies (coming soon)

Our calculation policy shows the Power Maths progression in calculation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and how this works in line with the National Curriculum. This policy shows how the CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) methods develop children’s confidence in developing mastery across all the operations in an efficient and reliable way.

Calculation Policy - KS1

Calculation Policy - Year 3 & 4

Calculation Policy - Year 5 & 6

Mathematical Vocabulary

Developing a secure understanding of mathematical vocabulary is essential for success. We have collated a number of resources including year group plans that show which vocabulary is taught when and engaging posters to support children at home.

Mathematical Vocabulary Glossary

Key Vocabulary lists:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Power Maths Scheme - information for parents

Click on the link below for the handout from our parent information session.