Curriculum | Mathematics



The overarching aim for our Mathematics curriculum is to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency, reasoning and understanding skills. Pupils are taught to apply arithmetic fluently to real life problems.

• Ensure all pupils are fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.
• Ensure all pupils can reason mathematically using mathematical language.
• Ensure all pupils can solve mathematical problems.

A New Way of Thinking and Teaching

At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum.  The mathematics curriculum has been planned to be sequential and coherent. It is progressive so it builds on pupils’ previous knowledge and skills. Skills are embedded and therefore can be transferred in a variety of contexts. The curriculum has been designed in this way so knowledge is secure in pupils’ long term memory.

Our curriculum incorporates the use of the use of the ‘concrete, pictorial and abstract approach’, problem solving and group work.  There is a sharp focus on teaching mathematics for mastery and the curriculum is designed to improve the mathematics confidence of the learners.

The school uses Maths No Problem which is based on the mastery approach to teaching Maths. This has been tailored to support the needs of the pupils at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School. It is also supplemented with a range of other resources including White Rose Maths and NRICH.

Maths No Problem – parent videos

The long term plans show the topics that will be covered over each year group. Each topic then has a medium term plan which shows the key learning objectives that are taught.

Long Term and Medium Term Planning

The school has a consistent approach to teaching formal written methods across the school. This fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum whilst incorporating the ‘concrete, pictorial and abstract’ approach and the ‘mastery’ approach. There is a clear progression to how these are taught across the year groups to secure these skills in the pupils’ long term memory.

The medium term plans and the Written Calculation Progression document are used to plan and deliver daily mathematics lessons, which reinforce mathematical fluency, understanding and reasoning.

The Structure of a Typical Mathematics Lesson at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

Next Step Question – The pupils answer a next step question and make any corrections to their work from the previous day.

Daily Fluency – the children complete an addition, subtraction, multiplication and division question each day. This helps the pupil to develop their arithmetic skills and for these to embed in their long term memory.

Times Table Practice – the children complete a speed test in 3 to 5 minutes.

In Focus – The learning for the day is introduced to the pupils in a practical way.

Guided Practice – The pupils work through questions with the teacher and each other.

Independent Work – The pupils independently work through a series of questions at their own pace.

Mastery Questions – The pupils answers questions to deepen their learning.



Maths homework predominately focuses on developing the pupils mental and written calculation skills and learning their times tables. Work can also be set that links to the current topic in class e.g. shape work.

The pupils have access to Times Tables Rock Stars and My Maths which are both online Maths resources.


Progression of skills

Documents below detail the knowledge and skills that pupils will gain at each stage of the curriculum.

Progression-of-skills-addition-and-subtraction.pdf (474 downloads) Progression-of-skills-fractions-decimals-percentages.pdf (549 downloads) Progression-of-skills-geometry-position-and-direction.pdf (462 downloads) Progression-of-skills-geometry-properties-of-shapes.pdf (474 downloads) Progression-of-skills-measurement.pdf (322 downloads) Progression-of-skills-multiplication-and-division.pdf (399 downloads) Progression-of-skills-number-and-place-value.pdf (460 downloads) Progression-of-skills-ratio-and-algebra.pdf (448 downloads) Progression-of-skills-statistics.pdf (329 downloads)


By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.  Please see below:

End Points


  1. Reported – Year 2 & Year 6 Sats
  2. Summative / diagnostic – progress tests formulated using TEST BASE, Rising Stars termly assessments, White Rose termly/topic assessments, NFER end of year tests
  3. Formative / ongoing – See Marking, Assessment & Feedback policy
  4. Prior & Post learning – informs future planning, demonstrates progress in books, celebrates effort and achievement.



  1. In-house
  2. Cross-school
  3. Local Authority

All of the above will be monitored and discussed during pupil progress meeting and staff performance management

Year-4-Multiplication-Tables-Check-2022-Parent-Presentation.pdf (297 downloads)

You will find further details about the Maths curriculum in the Curriculum letters and the homework letters(currently home learning) .

These can be accessed by the link below:

Year 5 – St Josephine-Bakhita

For further information about the Maths curriculum, please contact the school office on 01923 901179 or