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Maths Curriculum


At St Mary’s we adopt a Maths mastery approach to this key subject.

Maths mastery is a teaching and learning approach that aims for pupils to develop deep understanding of maths rather than being able to memorise key procedures or resort to rote learning.

The end goal and expectation is for all pupils to have acquired the fundamental facts and concepts of maths for their year or key stage such that by the end of it they have achieved mastery in the maths they have been taught. At this point they are ready to move confidently on to their next stage of maths.

Mastery of a mathematical concept means a child can use their knowledge of the concept to solve unfamiliar word problems, and undertake complex reasoning, using the appropriate mathematical vocabulary.

At St Mary’s we believe that all children are capable of understanding and being successful at mathematics and aim to promote a positive can-do attitude to the subject. We intend for all children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically by giving proof and justifications and to solve problems, including those in real life contexts; moving beyond the parameters of the classroom.  We utilise mistakes and misconceptions as an essential opportunity for learning and growth.  It is our fundamental belief that ‘everyone can do Maths’ and we want to ensure that all our pupils become confident and resilient mathematicians.   

We use the White Rose scheme of work to support our teaching of Maths.  While the White Rose scheme is the ‘spine’ of the St Mary’s Maths curriculum, teachers enrich the content using our St Mary’s implementation approaches and resources from other high quality Maths websites, such as Deepening Understanding and NRICH, to provide pupils with enriched, well rounded and high-quality Maths lessons.  

Click this link which shows the pathway that we take through the White Rose Maths scheme. 

White Rose pathways

We aim to  include the ‘5 big ideas in teaching for mastery’ i.e.

  • Coherence
  • Representation and Structure
  • Mathematical Thinking
  • Fluency
  • Variation
Teaching for Mastery diagram

Here is a link to the NCETM website explaining Maths Mastery. 

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