1. Learning & Support
  2. Curriculum
  3. Maths


Delivered through the National Curriculum Programmes of Study, a broad and balanced development of effective mental arithmetic skills is promoted within the key areas of:

  • Number
  • Number: Addition and Subtraction and Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Ratio and Proportion and Algebra (Year 6)

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 have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their 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 mathematic 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.

We use the INSPIRE maths programme at St Mary's. Inspire Maths is a transformational, whole-school primary maths programme based on the leading Singapore Maths series My Pals are Here, used in 100% of Singapore's state primary schools.

  • Accessible pupil textbooks introduce concepts in a highly scaffolded way, enabling all children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians 
  • Built on a concrete - pictorial - abstract approach, ensuring secure foundations and deep understanding of mathematical concepts 
  • Uses a spiral progression to develop fluency, reasoning, and problem solving and conceptual understanding for mastery

It is aspirational but we believe our chidlren can rise to the challenge as demonstrated in our strong historical results. We aim to develop enjoyment in mathematics and provide children with opportunities to experience the thrill of investigating calculation.

Historically, we have run workshops to support parents with helping their children use and apply addition and subtraction methods. We are always happy to run through these methods with parents if any clarification is needed.