Mathematics at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School



At St Paul’s Primary Catholic School we see maths as an essential life skill.  We are committed to ensuring that children have a positive and meaningful experience of mathematics from Nursery to Year 6.  The new mathematics curriculum offers a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.


Progression in Calculations

At St Paul’s, we have compiled a policy which identifies and recognises that children need a range of strategies which are efficient, accurate and reliable.  Through our carefully developed policy children are given many examples of strategies which enable them to access confidently and fluently.  Many of these methods are somewhat different from what we were taught as children, so please feel free to come in and speak with a member of staff about the methods we are using. 


Interventions and Boosters

At St Paul’s we monitor children’s progress regularly and carefully and identify support where it may be needed.  This could be requiring more support in class alongside their peers, in small groups, 1 to 1 discussions with a teacher or regular small group intervention support.

So, how can parents and carers help their children?

  • Help them to recall their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 (5+5=10   2+8=10 etc.)
  • Count, forwards and backwards to 100 starting from any given position
  • Support them by practicing their times tables regularly
  • Play board games like Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Top Trumps.
  • Look at bus timetables, maps and positioning, co-ordinates
  • Teach children how to tell the time – ask questions….What time is the TV programme you would like to watch?  When does it start?......When does it finish?  How long is it on for?
  • Go shopping with real money….how much would 2 oranges cost?  What will my change be?
  • Let’s cook!  Weighing out, measuring etc.  How much more flour will I need?  How much does the butter weigh? 



Inspire Maths at St Pauls

The new National Curriculum has high expectations of pupils and requires learning for mastery. Children can often under perform in mathematics because they find it boring or they can't remember all the rules. The Singapore method of teaching mathematics develops pupils' mathematical ability and confidence without having to resort to memorising procedures to pass tests - making mathematics more engaging and interesting.

 One of the key learning principles behind Singapore maths is the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach (CPA).

 Concrete representation

A child is first introduced to an idea or a skill by acting it out with real objects. In division, for example, this might be done by separating apples into groups of red ones and green ones or by sharing 12 biscuits amongst 6 children. This is a 'hands on' component using real objects and it is the foundation for conceptual understanding.

 Pictorial representation

A child has sufficiently understood the hands-on experiences performed and can now relate them to representations, such as a diagram or picture of the problem. In the case of a division exercise this could be the action of circling objects.


A child is now capable of representing problems by using mathematical notation, for example: 12 ÷ 2 = 6. This is the ultimate mode, for it "is clearly the most mysterious of the three

 It’s good because…

• It deepens children’s understanding of maths with lots of problem solving.

• Every page in the text books has been carefully designed to deepen the children’s understanding

• Everyone moves through the unit at the same time and children mostly sit in mixed ability groups

• It develops the children’s mathematical vocabulary as the children must answer in full sentences

• It encourages the use of resources for all learners and follows the CPA approach – concrete, pictorial, abstract

Progression in Calculation policy