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St James’s Catholic Primary School ‘Put out into the deep’


At St James’ we recognise that maths is essential to daily life and aim to provide a high quality maths education that provides the foundation to understanding the world, the beauty of maths and power of maths . We believe all children should be empowered to develop enjoyment and a sense of curiosity for the subject. In line with the National Curriculum we aim to develop fluency in the fundamentals of maths, through varied and frequent practice, to solve problems and to be able to reason mathematically. Daily maths lessons include mental arithmetic strategies, formal written methods, problem solving and investigations where children work both independently and collaboratively.  From EYFS to Year 6, whenever possible, activities are also linked to real life situations, and integrated across the curriculum, to develop lifelong skills. 

Our priority is the fluency of basic number facts such as number bonds and times tables, which are introduced from the early years. Children are encouraged to become confident and acquire a quick recall using a variety of strategies, with sufficient depth of knowledge to solve a variety of problems.

Below is the link to the statutory guidance - National Curriculum in England: maths programmes of study.