At St Bede's, we aim to ensure that all children develop a deep understanding of mathematics. In doing so, we endeavour to develop enquiring minds and encourage pupils to become self-motivated, confident and capable when solving problems and reasoning in real-life contexts. In line with the National Curriculum for mathematics, we aim to ensure that all pupils: 

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems 
  • can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language 
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

“Mathematics is not about the numbers, equations, computation or algorithms: it is about understanding.” - William Paul Thurston

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 

Within EYFS teachers plan and deliver high quality maths lessons with a focus on core number skills. Teachers also guide the children and plan opportunities that allow them to experience and learn for themselves. The children have a wide range of structured play resources available to them throughout the year and they are supported by adults to use the appropriate mathematical language.  

Key Stage 1 (KS1) & Key Stage 2 (KS2) 

In KS1 (Years 1 and 2) and KS2 (Years 3 to 6) the focus of Maths is to ensure that the children develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value and stem sentences are used to help children verbalise their understanding. Over the course of a year, the children will use a range different manipulative and representations to help them achieve age related expectations. In addition, the children in all classes complete additional shorter maths sessions which focus on arithmetic skills including times tables and number facts.   

By the end of Year 4, children should have memorised all facts from the multiplication facts and be able to show precision and fluency in their work.