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

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Download: Maths – Termly Overview (PDF)

Maths – Year 1 Curriculum Overview

Maths – Year 2 Curriculum Overview

Maths – Year 3 Curriculum Overview

Maths – Year 4 Curriculum Overview

Maths – Year 5 Curriculum Overview

Maths – Year 6 Curriculum Overview





Key Learning in Maths


Maths Targets


Sample SATS Papers


Additional Resources

See information about the St. Oswald’s Times Table Challenge, to find websites for support with times tables.


Useful maths websites for children

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