St Walburga's Catholic Primary School

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St Walburga's Catholic Primary School

A Voluntary Academy


Subject Leader: Mrs Higgins


Maths is a universal language which everyone around the world can speak and has been developed over centuries. It is important to everyday life and helps us to understand the world around us. You will use it to develop life skills like managing your money, reading the time and measuring quantities in cooking and baking. Maths is central to other subjects in the curriculum, and allows us to access measuring and accuracy in DT,  comparing and analysing in science and reading maps in geography. Without maths you wouldn’t be able to: catch a bus, spend your pocket money, follow a map or hang a picture on the wall. Maths is there to spark curiosity and enjoyment in you for solving problems and proving your theory.


The national curriculum aims state that all children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically and solve problems by applying their mathematical skills. Pre assessing tools are used to identify individual children's existing knowledge against unit objectives for a personalised curriculum to be devised. 

From this a thread of activities are devised using a range of fluency, reasoning and problems solving questions, with each child completing only the areas of learning required. By accessing only the teaching that applies to each child through small steps, group teaching inputs; children are always working at their own pace and towards their own personal targets.

Those who are not sufficiently fluent consolidate understanding through varied and frequent practice and those pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems and lines of enquiry. Feedback is given to the children through marking and next step tasks to ensure they are meeting the specific learning objective.


The perfect pitch and amount of challenge to every child’s learning forms confident, resilient and successful mathematicians. Children are fluent in the fundamentals of numbers, with the ability to rapidly recall and accurately apply their knowledge to lines of inquiry in maths, across the curriculum and in unfamiliar contexts. Support is determined during each lesson to ensure secure understanding, accelerated learning and deepened understanding based on the needs of each child. By the end of their mathematical journey through school, everyone succeeds in maths and enjoys achieving; underpinned by a whole school growth mindset attitude.



Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced, engaging programme of daily times tables practice. Its focus on the fundamental times table recall speed to inform later success in maths lessons. Incorrect answers are always immediately corrected in front of the pupil so that they start to associate the correct answer to every question.

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