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.



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.

Abstract representation

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

 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? 
2019-2020 Maths Curriculum 

Mulitiplication and Division Progression Map

Addition and Subtraction Progression Map

Fraction, Decimals and Percentages Progression Map


Information on the Inspire Maths Curriculum

Continuing the learning journey at home

Oxford Owl Maths - help for parents supporting their children with mathematics

The materials below and the links within this text are from Oxford Owl Maths and are free for parents to access. These resources are designed to support you with your children’s maths throughout their primary years. You'll find a whole host of activities, simple ideas, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home. 

There are lots of ways to help to build your child's confidence in maths. There are many fun games and activities you can do with your child that practise maths skills. Most children love playing games and it's an easy way to support their learning. 

On Oxford Owl Maths, you'll also find advice from educational experts on what your child is learning at school and how to make maths fun at home.