At St. Mary’s CE Primary School we are proud of our successes and maths is just one of our many strengths. We maintain high expectations in the teaching and learning of the mathematics curriculum and our pupil achievement in maths is outstanding.


Our aim at St. Mary’s CE Primary School is to develop the skill of numeracy in our children so that they are efficient and confident in their approach to mathematics in a wide range of contexts.


The maths curriculum at St. Mary’s is defined by the following objectives:


  • to promote enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion
  • to promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system
  • 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
  • to enable children to select and use a range of mathematical tools effectively
  • to equip children with the mathematical language needed to explain their methods and reasoning


For further information about maths at St. Mary’s please read our

Policy for Mathematics 2015





At St. Mary’s CE Primary School we believe that our pupils require a consistent and smooth progression of learning in calculations across the school. As such the school has devised a calculations policy to provide clear guidance on how the four number operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) are to be taught.


Want to see how we teach it?

An overview of the mental and written methods taught across the school is available to download by clicking here.Calculations Overview


Children are encouraged to use the following processes in deciding what approach they will take to a calculation:

  • Can I do it in my head using a mental strategy?
  • Could I use some jottings or drawings to help me?
  • Should I use a written method to work it out?


For further information about calculations at St. Mary’s please read our

Calculation Policy for Mathematics




Number Day


Number Day is our annual maths fun day event that helps to promote the enjoyment of all things number. The aim of Number Day is to make maths fun and instigate a positive ‘can do’ attitude towards mathematics.


During Number Day the children get the chance to wear fancy dress and are usually involved in several number related tasks and activities such as puzzles, games, cake baking, sports, workshops and sometimes (if the children are lucky) they are treated to a maths show!


Number Day is also a great opportunity to fundraise for a charity and the chosen charity we currently support is the NSPCC.

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