St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School


A St Joseph’s learner will enjoy maths and value its importance in everyday life. They will have a firm grasp of the fundamental ideas and be able to apply them to more complicated maths. They will be confident in calculating and be able to draw upon mental strategies when needed. They will learn to reason and problem solve, developing the skills needed to succeed now and in the future.

Programme of Study

Our school's maths programme of study follows the National Curriculum and is supported by the following resources: White Rose Maths, Busy Ants and Times Table Rock Stars. We do not follow a scheme of work but make best use of challenging and appropriate resources to help embed reasoning and arithmetic skills and knowledge.


Long-Term Plan


Supporting your child at home

There are lots of ways that you can support your child's maths learning at home. Our teachers are always happy to discuss how you can best support your child.

Times Tables

Learning your times tables and having that quick-fire knowledge can make other areas of maths much easier. With the introduction of mandatory times tables check scheduled for Year Four children in the summer term 2020, there has never been more emphasis on the importance of this valuable, life-long skill.

Here are some ideas to support times table learning at home:

  • Practising times tables by rote.
  • Asking your child multiplication questions out of order – such as ‘What’s 11 x 12? What’s 5 x 6?’
  • Asking your child the related division facts: ‘What’s 8 divided by 4? What’s 54 divided by 6?’
  • Using arrays to help your child memorise times tables – you can use fun objects like Smarties or Lego bricks to make it more entertaining.
  • Giving your child word problems to test their skills, like ‘If Peter has 800ml of orange juice and needs to share it between four friends, how much can they each have?’


Online learning for times tables

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Calculation Policy

Our calculation policy outlines the strategies/ideas and formal methods that are used in each year group. If you require further information or support, please do contact the school.

Maths in the Foundation Stage

Support maths in Nursery and Reception by counting with your child and drawing/showing them the numbers 1-10. Count whenever you can so that your child becomes familiar with the number names, ssounds and order. This is a fun and engaging way to develop number understanding and it really will make a difference to your child's learning.

It couldn't be easier to count steps for example when you're walking to school or out in the garden so count steps, hops and jumps- it's all beneficial! As a challenge, try counting backwards or starting from a different number to zero (0).


See: for some short numberblocks episodes on the CBeebies iPlayer


Maths in KS1

In key stage 1 pupils:

Develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources [for example, concrete objects and measuring tools].

Learn to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary.

Learn to use a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.

By the end of year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value.

Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge.


Maths in Lower KS2


Become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value.

Develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.

Develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value.

Develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. 

Can use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number.

By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work.

Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing knowledge.


Maths in Upper KS2


Extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers

Make connections between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

Develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation.

Are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems.

Classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.

Should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.

Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.