Curriculum – Maths
Our Vision for Mathematics
At St. Oswald’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that mathematics equips pupils with a unique set of powerful tools to understand the world and how it operates. Our teaching of mathematics is based on the mastery approach – the belief that every child is capable of success.
Mathematical skills are essential to everyday life and we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them for life. All teachers will promote a positive attitude towards Maths, delivering a rich, broad curriculum, which is enjoyable and relevant.
Our aim is to maximise the individual potential of children’s understanding and knowledge, creating a supportive environment where pupils can respond to high levels of expectation and challenge and develop their independence. Children are encouraged to develop knowledge and skills, which improve their concrete understanding, using an interactive and hands on approach. We provide opportunities for them to problem solve, experiment with their ideas, test how reasonable their answers are and to question what they do not understand. At St. Oswald’s, Maths is taught in a way that enables children to make sense of the world around them by understanding number, measures, geometry, statistics, and relating these to everyday life. We want to foster a confidence in mathematics where children can express ideas fluently and talk about the subject using appropriate mathematical language.
Our aims in teaching Mathematics are that all children at an age appropriate level, will:
- Enjoy the subject and study it with enthusiasm, confidence and a sense of achievement.
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics 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.
- Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication including breaking them down into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
- To develop an understanding of the connectivity of patterns and relationships within mathematics.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- To develop the ability to apply knowledge, skills and ideas in real life contexts outside the classroom, and become aware of the uses of mathematics in the wider world.
- To see how maths links with other curriculum areas
- To develop personal qualities such as perseverance, independent thinking, cooperation and self-confidence through a sense of achievement and success.
Maths Termly Overview Year 1 – Year 6
Download: Maths – Termly Overview (PDF)
- EYFS Maths (PDF)
- Times Table Challenge (PDF)
- Calculation Policy – September 2016 (PDF)
- Primary National Curriculum – Mathematics (PDF)
Key Learning in Maths
- Key Learning in Mathematics – Year 1 (PDF)
- Key Learning in Mathematics – Year 2 (PDF)
- Key Learning in Mathematics – Year 3 (PDF)
- Key Learning in Mathematics – Year 4 (PDF)
- Key Learning in Mathematics – Year 5 (PDF)
- Key Learning in Mathematics – Year 6 (PDF)
- Maths Targets 2017-2018 – Year 1
- Maths Targets 2017-2018 – Year 2
- Maths Targets 2017-2018 – Year 3
- Maths Targets 2017-2018 – Year 4
- Maths Targets 2017-2018 – Year 5
- Maths Targets 2017-2018 – Year 6
Sample SATS Papers
- Information for Parents – 2017 NCTs at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2
- Sample KS1 SATS – Mathematics – Guidance
- Sample KS1 SATS – Mathematics – Mark Schemes
- Sample KS1 SATS – Mathematics – Paper 1 – Arithmetic
- Sample KS1 SATS – Mathematics – Paper 2 – Reasoning
- Sample KS2 SATS – Mathematics – Guidance
- Sample KS2 SATS – Mathematics – Mark Schemes
- Sample KS2 SATS – Mathematics – Paper 1 – Arithmetic
- Sample KS2 SATS – Mathematics – Paper 2 – Reasoning
- Sample KS2 SATS – Mathematics – Paper 3 – Reasoning
Has a selection of videos explaining maths concepts
Nrich. A range of maths games, problems and articles on all areas of maths. Parents of Key Stage 1 children should select ‘stage 1’ and parents of Key Stage 2 children should select ‘stage 2’
Maths 4 Mums and Dads explains some of the milestones children make between the ages of 3-and-11-years-old.
Oxford Owl includes a range of activities, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home
A great online maths dictionary, which contains hundreds of definitions, as well as animations and activities to help bring maths words to life.
See information about the St. Oswald’s Times Table Challenge, to find websites for support with times tables.
Useful maths websites for children
Another collection of games and activities across the full range of curriculum content, mostly appropriate to our
Fun games for children of all ages
More free games to play on a variety of maths topics. If you browse this site, you will also find that it lists all the objectives for the new curriculum and suggests games that will help children achieve that objective.