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Subject Leader - Mr Moss


At St. Mary’s and St. Benedict’s Primary School, we aim to teach all children the importance of Mathematics and how it plays an important role in the world in which we live. Our aim is to develop children’s thinking of how Mathematics is applied and how to make sense of the world around them by developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems.


Our children are introduced to the mastery approach from the moment they start in Reception. The mastery approach encourages all children to see themselves as mathematicians with a positive 'can do' approach to the subject. All children from Year 1-6 are taught all aspects of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for Mathematics. The pupils in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, in which mathematics is taught as part of the early learning goals.


We follow the Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of Mathematics which are laid out in specific detail in the National Curriculum 2014.


The overarching aims of the Mathematics National Curriculum 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 Policy 2022

We strive to make Mathematics enjoyable and relevant to our children, placing emphasis on applying skills and concepts to problem solving activities, therefore encouraging them to become independent thinkers.

At St. Mary’s and St. Benedict’s we have a clear Calculations Policy which shows how the four calculations are taught in the different year groups and highlight progression throughout school. We use the Mathematics LAPS to plan engaging lessons and the Mathematics Key Learning Documents to assess our children’s learning.

KS1 and KS1 Programme of Study


Times tables assessment for Year 4 children

Since the 2019/20 academic year, it has become compulsory for Year 4 children to take a Multiplication tables assessment in June. The National expectation is that all children will have a secure knowledge of all times tables to 12x12 by the end of Year 4.

At St. Mary’s and St. Benedict’s we use Times tables Rockstar to encourage children to learn their times tables from a younger age. This means the children feel secure in their times table knowledge and therefore feel more able and confident by the time they reach Year 4.

Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils master the times tables. To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds! Children across school enjoy using Times Table Rock Stars and can access this alongside their home learning. Children have individual logins and teachers can set challenges and children can compete against each other.


More information about the Multiplication tables check can be found here.




SEND Pupils

For further information on how we cater for the needs of SEND pupils, please visit our SEND page and refer to our SEND policy.




Practising at home

We encourage all children to access digital resources at home to support their learning in school. You can practice your times tables using your Purple Mash login.


Alternatively, you can access the resources on your class page or explore these websites by clicking on the picture: