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Mathematics at SS Mary and John Catholic Primary School 


Our aim is to equip all pupils with the skills and confidence to solve a range of problems through fluency with numbers and mathematical reasoning. Children are encouraged to see the mathematics that surrounds them every day and enjoy developing vital life skills in this subject.


The three aims of the National Curriculum (Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving) are addressed every day within our maths lessons. 


At SS Mary and John Catholic Primary School, we are developing the teaching maths for mastery approach in order to help our pupils develop a deep and secure knowledge and understanding of mathematics. 

What do our mastery maths lessons include? 


Anchor task - at the start of each lesson, all children are encouraged to explore a problem themselves to see what they already know.


CPA approach - The use of concrete resources, pictorial representations and recording of abstract number sentences takes place in every lesson. 


Stem sentences and correct use of vocabulary - teachers plan effective stem sentences that will aid the children's thinking and learning. They model the correct use of mathematical vocabulary, relevant to their year group, encouraging the children to use this language in their discussions and written work. 


Reasoning and deep understanding - pupils are given the opportunity to think deeply about the maths, make connections and logically explain their thinking by drawing upon what they already know. 


Questions to challenge thinking - teachers use questioning throughout every lesson to check understanding. Challenging questions will be asked to stretch the children’s knowledge such as: How do you know? Can you prove it? Can you explain it? Can you represent it in a different way? 


Discussion - pupils have the opportunities to talk to their peers to discuss their learning and explain their thinking. 


Catch Up - same day catch up is planned by class teachers. In mathematics new learning is built upon previous understanding, so in order for learning to progress pupils need to be supported and areas of difficulty must be dealt with as and when they occur. 

Marking in Maths 


Our current marking policy states that staff use live marking in mathematics. Learning is ticked throughout the lesson and where verbal feedback has been given to a pupil a note will be made in their book (VF). The most valuable feedback is given during a lesson. Close The Gap tasks are set weekly and pupils will address and complete these questions prior to the next lesson. 

Long Terms Plans


Please click on your child's year group below to see what objectives are being taught throughout the year. The yearly overview outlines what units are being taught each term. The termly overviews show the objectives that will be taught for each unit. These objectives derive directly from the National Curriculum.

Calculation Policy 2021 -2022