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Our Maths Curriculum


St. Mary’s Primary School


The national curriculum for Maths 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 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 is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has 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 many forms of employment. Maths is a fundamental aspect of human cognition and reasoning, serving as a vital skill for fostering independence. It guides us in comprehending and making sense of the world.


At St. Mary's, we firmly believe that Maths equips children with essential life skills, including:
• Proficiency in understanding numbers and performing calculations
• Problem-solving capabilities
• Inquisitive thinking
• Development of reasoning skills
• Financial literacy


These skills extend to various everyday applications, such as calculating total expenses for purchases, determining the right time to catch a connecting train, or precisely measuring ingredients while following a recipe. Maths, at St. Mary's, is instrumental in honing problem-solving and reasoning abilities, enabling individuals to address a diverse array of challenges.

Furthermore, the integration of mathematics with numerous other disciplines underscores its foundational role in providing knowledge and skills that extend into subjects like science.


Our goal is to ensure that every child leaving St. Mary's possesses the competence and autonomy of a proficient mathematician. They will carry the confidence and skills needed for fluent calculation, confident reasoning, and efficient problem-solving, fully prepared for the next phase in their educational journey.