Primary Maths

Mathematics, an essential life skill, fosters independence. From a young age, children can learn to calculate expenses, measure ingredients, and manage schedules. It cultivates problem-solving and reasoning abilities for lifelong use.

Welcome to Primary Maths

The National Curriculum Programme of Study

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected subject which links across all curriculum areas such as Social Studies where children use co-ordinates and scale ratios in map work but is particularly evident in Science where we encourage pupils to use their skills to create tables and graphs in order to record and interpret data. 

Our aim is to ensure our pupils are fluent in solving calculations using all four operations and to make rich connections across mathematical ideas.  Building on their fluency, we challenge our students to explain why, prove how they know and check that they have found all possible outcomes where necessary. 

Pupils are encouraged to use a wide range of concrete resources to support their learning such as hundred squares, number lines, Numicon, Deines base 10 equipment, place value cards and other apparatus.

What Mathematics Looks Like at St. Ignatius Catholic School

At St. Ignatius Catholic School we offer all children the same opportunities to learn and have the support they need to fully grasp mathematical concepts.   We follow the White Rose Maths scheme whose philosophy is to focus on making maths fun for children and helping them to find enjoyment in number problems. 

Our teaching aims to provide students with a solid foundation in, and gain a deep understanding of, mathematics and to enjoy solving mathematical problems.  At the end of each block pupils are given a task to show the progress in their learning journey which enables their teachers to plan for the subsequent unit.  

The primary curriculum puts a significant emphasis on mathematical skills and the curriculum content is well sequenced to promote a depth of understanding.  Our aim is for our pupils to become confident to apply their mathematical knowledge in different contexts; have confidence to explain their methods and thinking processes and to become independent thinkers who are efficient in applying their reasoning and problem-solving skills. A discrete Mathematics lesson is taught each day in every year group, at least one of these will focus on Mental Arithmetic