St Philip's Catholic Primary School

St Philip's Catholic Primary School
High Street, New Town
Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 5DJ

Tel: 01825 762032  /  Fax:
01825 748706

Mathematics at St. Philips

Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing the child's ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of Mathematics.


The aims and objectives of Mathematics are:

  • To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
  • To develop logical thinking and reasoning skills through a natural curiosity and investigative approach.
  • To develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of numbers and the number system so that children become confident Mathematicians.
  • To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity exploration and discussion.
  • To develop the ability to solve problems through decision making and reasoning in a range of contexts.
  • To develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented.
  • To explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts.
  • To understand the importance of Mathematics in everyday life.

Foundation Stage/ Key Stage 1

Teaching in maths will ensure that appropriate connections are made between the sections on 'number' and 'shape, space and measures'.

In the Foundation Stage and through Key Stage 1 pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They develop a range of mental calculation skills and use these confidently in different settings. They learn about shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment. They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.


Key Stage 2

Teaching should ensure that appropriate connections are made between the sections on 'number', 'shape, space and measures', and 'handling data'.

During Key Stage 2 pupils use the number system more confidently. They move from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations. They always try to tackle a problem with mental methods before using any other approach. The Calculation Policy shows the methods taught throughout the school and the progression of the four operations. It is important that we work together to use the same calculation methods in order that we do not confuse the children.

Pupils explore features of shape and space and develop their measuring skills in a range of contexts. They discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wider range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts.


How we cater for pupils who are higher attaining

Where possible higher attaining pupils will be taught with their own class and stretched through differentiated group work and extra challenges. When working with the whole class, teachers will direct some questions towards those children to maintain their involvement. Children will get the opportunity to participate in regular challenging activities and take part in competitions where appropriate.


How we cater for pupils with particular needs

The daily Mathematics lesson is appropriate for almost all pupils. Teachers will involve all pupils through differentiation by task, resources or adult. Some children who are not on track to make expected progress or reach age related expectaions will receive intervention in small groups or occasionally 1:1.


Pupils with special educational needs and EHC plans

Teachers will aim to include all pupils fully in their daily Mathematics lessons. The majority of children benefit from the emphasis on oral and mental work and participating in watching and listening to other children demonstrating and explaining their methods. Very occasionally special arrangements will be made for children with particular needs and they may follow an individualised programme to give them the support they need.


Useful links: A Maths Dictionary for Kids.


Targets - Assessment without levels information for Parents:

Download Band 1 Maths Targets for Year 1

Download Band 2 Maths Targets for Year 2

Download Band 3 Maths Targets for Year 3

Download Band 4 Maths Targets for Year 4

Download Band 5 Maths Targets for Year 5

Download Band 6 Maths Targets for Year 6