Subject Leader - Mrs Robinson (Miss Leach currently on maternity leave) 

At St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, we believe Maths is a fundamental part of every child's education and we are committed to ensuring that fluency and reasoning and problem solving skills are promoted throughout the curriculum.  We aim to promote a mastery approach to learning and want all children to be able to use maths within every aspect of their life.


The National Curriculum in England Framework Document July 2013 states that 'Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected 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.



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 to problems
  • 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.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.


The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. 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.'


Our Maths Policy  and our Calculation Policy provide further detail about the aims, structure and organisation of Maths within the school. This overview shows the progression in calculation.


Here is a vocabulary list of all the words your children should be using in maths.

Your child will be sent home 'Learn by Heart Targets' to practise key skills in maths:

Reception, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6


In Y4, the children have to set a multiplication test (see their class page for further details). There is a parents' leaflet explaining the test here.