At SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary we offer all of the children the opportunity to become fluent mathematicians, who have frequent opportunities to master their learning through both the maths curriculum and the wider curriculum offer, including the use of creative contexts for learning.

We deliver a mastery curriculum to all pupils, which allows children (of all abilities) to develop a deep knowledge of mathematical skills and to apply these within a variety of contexts. This is achieved through precision curriculum planning and lesson design, focusing carefully on vocabulary development.


At SSPP, we strive for our children to be successful and proficient mathematicians who can solve problems, fluently recall facts rapidly and reason mathematically while justifying their reasoning. This will provide them with the essential life skills required to be financially capable while understanding and contributing to the world around them. It will allow them to create solutions to problems in a magnitude of settings. To be successful, pupils should display curiosity, resourcefulness, bravery and flexibility.

Characteristics of a Mathematician

  • An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
  • A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
  • Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
  • The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.
  • The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
  • The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
  • The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
  • Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
  • A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
  • A commitment to and passion for the subject

National Curriculum

The 2014 National Curriculum outlines the expectation that all pupils will:

  • Become FLUENT in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • REASON MATHEMATICALLY by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • SOLVE PROBLEMS by increasing their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solution.


Year 1

Mathematics Curriculum Explained

SSPP Mathematics explained

Maths Policy

SSPP Maths Policy 2017

How we teach calculations:

Addition KS1

Addition KS2

Division KS1

Division KS2

Multiplication KS1

Multiplication KS2

Subtraction KS1

Subtraction KS2

EYFS Number Policy

Reasoning Policy

Reasoning progression 2019-20 – Copy

Assessing Pupil Progress

Year 1 NE maths Year 2 NE maths Year 3 NE maths Year 4 NE maths Year 5 NE maths Year 6 NE maths

SMSC in Maths

Mathematics with SMSC