At St Mary’s the New National Curriculum is used to inform planning so that children are given the opportunities to:

  • develop independence, thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for their own learning
  • achieve a good level of numeracy and develop their ‘number sense,’ evaluating whether their answer is sensible and accurate
  • develop an understanding of mathematical vocabulary and notation
  • develop mathematical concepts in real life contexts
  • make appropriate links with prior learning and have the confidence to apply the knowledge and experience they have gained to new mathematical tasks
  • develop a logical approach to mathematics through problem solving and investigation and linking this with other areas of the curriculum.
  • build resilience when solving problems





By the end of primary school children will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of place value, including large numbers and decimals
  • know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables and corresponding division facts, doubles and halves
  • calculate accurately and efficiently, using a range of written and mental strategies
  • judge whether their answers are reasonable and have a variety of strategies for checking them where necessary
  • recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts
  • solve problems involving ratio and proportion
  • compare and classify shapes; identify, compare and order angles; identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes
  • describe positions on the full coordinate grid (all four quadrants); draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes
  • make sense of number problems and be able to solve them using an efficient, accurate method
  • solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to three decimal places where appropriate; use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time, using decimal notation to up to three decimal places
  • be able to construct and interpret graphs, diagrams, charts and tables, solving problems involving sum, comparison and difference
  • draw on a range of problem solving skills to tackle problems
  • explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical terms