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Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world.  These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.


Mathematics is important in everyday life.  It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them to encourage economic wellbeing.


The National Curriculum order for mathematics describes what must be taught in each key stage.  Astley St Stephen’s School follows the 2014 National Curriculum for Mathematics which provides detailed guidance for the implementation of the National Curriculum for mathematics.  This ensures continuity and progression in the teaching of mathematics. 


Class teachers use a range of materials to support the teaching of mathematics, the main schemes being Ginn Abacus 2014, Maths Enhancement Project and at KS2 Schofield and Sims I can maths.


We aim to ensure that our children:

  • have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system
  • know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves
  • use what they know by heart to figure out numbers mentally
  • calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and written, drawing on a range of calculation strategies
  • recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator and be able to do so effectively
  • make sense of number problems, including real life problems, and recognise the operations needed to solve them
  • discuss and explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical terms
  • judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary
  • suggest suitable units for measuring and make sensible estimates of measurements
  • explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables in appropriate curriculum areas
  • develop spatial awareness and an understanding of the properties of 2D and 3D shapes