At SS Peter and Paul’s Catholic Primary School all staff understand the real-world importance of mathematical fluency and understanding. Therefore, we teach a curriculum aimed at mastering a wide range of mathematical skills in line with the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum (established in September 2014) has a clear focus on developing mastery and applying mathematical skills across a range of contexts; teachers at SSPP foster an attitude of curiosity and enquiry, which enables the children to develop clear reasoning, communication and explanation skills when approaching mathematical tasks.
Our lessons are built around the White Rose Maths Scheme (https://whiterosemaths.com/). The block assignment and progression can be seen for each year group at the bottom of this page.
We aim to provide all pupils with direct maths teaching every day (approximately 5 hours per week), which is oral, interactive and stimulating. Teaching styles and lesson structure provide opportunities for pupils to consolidate their previous learning, use and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills, pose and ask questions, investigate mathematical ideas, reflect on their own learning and make links with other work. We use a range of resources (including White Rose and NCETM) to develop all areas featured on the National Curriculum and aim to build in as many real-life links as possible.
Every year a themed Maths Week takes place. These engage the children with an assembly at the start - led by some of the older pupils, which sets up the theme and challenges for the week. Previous themes have included a whodunnit and a trip the the old Wild West. There is then the opportunity during the rest of the week for the children to be immersed in their maths applying all of their fluency and reasoning to open-ended puzzles and problems. The weeks always end with certificates and prizes for those who have shown a real thirst for maths during the sessions.
We subscribe to Timestables Rockstars which is a sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Through the competition of battles and games, our children are given access in school and at home to the software in order to improve their quick recall and manipulation of timestables facts.
To add a further competitive edge, we participate in challenges against other schools in the country.
White Rose Scheme of Learning