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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

We live, learn and grow in the light of Christ


Our Maths Coordinator is Mrs Johnston. 


Teaching and learning Maths at

St Joseph’s Primary School

                                   A brief introduction and profile:


Our Curriculum

At St Joseph’s our aim is that our children are confident in all the aspects of maths. Our Maths curriculum is planned in line with the National Curriculum to be interactive, practical and enjoyable, giving our pupils the ability to solve a range of real life problems.



In the early years, maths is developed through purposeful, play based experiences inside and outside the classroom. Mathematical understanding is developed through stories, songs, games, imaginative play, child initiated learning and structured teaching.  


In Key stage 1

In Key stage 1 maths is developed using practical activities, visual representations and resources in order to give the children a deep mathematical understanding of the main mathematical concepts, number and place value, calculation, shape and measure.

.  Our Commando Joe curriculum also provides our pupils with opportunities to use their maths skills in a variety of exciting, practical problem solving activities.

In Key stage 2

In Key stage 2 teaching is planned to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four calculation operations, including number facts and the concept of place value.  Pupils learn how to solve a range of problems, including fractions and decimals as well as deepening their knowledge and application of skills within topics such as shape, measurement and statistics.

The Commando Joe curriculum provides real life situations for pupils to use and apply their maths skills.


Formative assessment takes place between teachers and children on a regular basis in verbal and written feedback. Teachers identify the achievement of specific objectives and this enables them to have a record of what each child has achieved, and then to assess and plan what the next steps in a child’s learning should be. We use post assessments in number, calculation and fractions units and these help inform future planning and teaching and show progress.

Summative assessments are used at regular intervals from Spring term in Y2 and throughout KS2, and are used to determine the level at which individual children are working.  These assessments are recorded on Target Tracker and monitor the progress of children between terms and across the year.


If some children have not been able to make adequate progress for various reasons in daily lessons , extra time is offered to revisit the learning focus often with a TA. (First response) If children consistently require intervention then we negotiate specific support in conjunction with the SENDCO.

Mastery for all

To ensure greater fluency, children revisit important skills regularly and teachers plan sequences of lessons to ensure the children learn in small steps and then get the opportunity to use and apply the skills learnt, therefore mastering their numerical skills.

Ten frame

Part, part whole model

Bar model

Bar models in KS 2