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The Maths Curriculum at St Thomas'


The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent, reason mathematically and can solve problems. We agree that a high quality Mathematics education provides 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.


At St Thomas’ we use Maths No Problem resources as we are committed to ensuring that every child develops an understanding and love of maths. With the right kind of teaching and support we can ensure this happens.


How is Maths taught at St Thomas'?


 Across the school we follow the Maths No Problem approach because we are committed to ensuring that every child develops an understanding and love of Maths. With the right kind of teaching and support we can ensure this happens. Maths No Problem uses a mastery teaching approach from Singapore.It is aligned to the 2014 English National Curriculum for Mathematics, the series is used as part of the NCETM’s Maths Hub program. It ensures that children learn to think mathematically and that they make connections and generalisations to help them learn.

 During each lesson we prioritise the mastery of conceptual Maths understanding through the use of real life/ everyday problems as children explore and investigate. Communication is key as they work alongside peers to reason, explain and justify their thinking using mathematical vocabulary.

Teachers carefully plan open ended, challenging questions which enable our children to make connections, identify patterns and draw conclusions about Mathematical concepts and problem solving.  Misconceptions are addressed as they arise and teachers actively engage children in proving their ideas.


During each lesson all children use apparatus as visual aids, as they make progress in the lesson they move towards using pictorial and abstract representations for Mathematical concepts. We focus on making progress from description to evaluation.

We are confident that this Mastery based approach enthuses children about Maths and ensures they can master Mathematical skills and concepts which enable them to continue learning as they progress through school.

Structure of lesson:

In Focus

 Includes questions related to various lesson objectives as an introductory activity for pupils. Pupils discuss and explore a range of methods to solve the problem. They discuss and reason as they explain their thinking. In journals they record their ideas and are encouraged to describe methods and explain their thinking. As they progress through the school they evaluate more. These journals provide pupils with opportunities to show their understanding of the mathematical concepts learnt.

Lets Learn

This introduces new concepts through a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach with the use of engaging pictures and manipulatives. Guided examples are provided for reinforcement. Teachers reinforce non-negotiable learning objectives through direct teaching

Guided Practice

 This comprises of questions for further consolidation and for the immediate evaluation of pupils’ learning. Children complete tasks either independently, with a peer or collectively as a class. Discussion follows to encourage reasoning and mathematical fluency to be shown.


Pupils independently answer a range of questions directly related to the National Curriculum learning objective. These are arranged in a non- uniform way to allow for children to evidence their mastery of the mathematical concept being taught.


What do we expect to achieve through our Maths curriculum?


By the end of KS1 our pupils will:

  • Be confident and mentally fluent with whole numbers, counting and place value.
  • Recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. 
  • Describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.
  • Recall the number bonds to 20
  • Be precise in using and understanding place value. 
  • Read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge.


By the end of KS2 our pupils will:

  • Be able to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation.
  • Use the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems.
  •  Classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and correctly apply the vocabulary they need to describe them.
  • Be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • Read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.


Maths Progression Documents