Curriculum Intent
At St Joseph’s we believe that all pupils can achieve in mathematics. We believe that at each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate deep, conceptual understanding of a concept and build on this over time. We want children to be able to not only recall and use the maths taught but to also be able to transfer and apply it in different contexts, being able to reason and problem solve. This deep learning is what we are aiming for by teaching maths using the mastery approach.


The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing confidence, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
5 Part Lesson Structure 

We have designed a 5 part lesson structure that has reasoning and problem solving at its core. A typical lesson incorporates these five elements:

  • Review and Do
  • HOOK
  • Active maths
  • Main teach
  • Plenary

Curriculum Implementation

At St Joseph’s we have developed a bespoke curriculum alongside the expertise of Tara Loughran – Primary Mathematics consultant. Our curriculum allows teachers and learners to achieve a secure and deep understanding of each Mathematical concept. It is designed to give us the opportunity to address key points individually, ensure that children have a secure and deep understanding of those points, before offering the opportunity to ‘go deeper’ within them. Our curriculum ensures that small steps of progression are followed to develop coherent learning and deep understanding. We place a key focus on all aspects of measure, ensuring that these are taught within each and every concept covered and not just as stand-alone elements of mathematics. Each year group has a carefully designed yearly overview to ensure tight progression across the whole school.

In Early Years, the principles of the EYFS Framework are followed, and there is the opportunity to ‘Explore Maths’ and develop their understanding of Mathematical concepts through continuous provision.

In every Mathematics lesson you will see the following:

  • Teaching tailored to meet the needs of the learners in each class, and immediate ‘keep up’ intervention to address gaps in learning where necessary.
  • Resilient learners with Growth Mindsets and a ‘We Can’ attitude to Mathematics, whatever their previous level of attainment.
  • Teachers using high-quality effective questioning to explore children’s understanding and develop it further
  • Teachers making use of misconceptions to further understanding of key concepts.
  • Children taking on the role of ‘Grand Masters’ to model clear thinking and methods.

At St Joseph’s we recognise the importance of promoting physical activity whist delivering the maths curriculum. ‘Active maths’ is incorporated into daily maths sessions to reduce the risk of passive learning and promote higher levels of engagement amongst all pupil groups.

We are delighted to be using Motty to inspire us to get more active in our homework tasks.

TT Rockstars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils master their times tables.
Pupils from Yr2 - Yr6 have a username and password that they can use to practice at home and in school.
When it comes to times table, speed AND accuracy are important!

To begin with, if you need more than 10 seconds to answer questions correctly, you are a rock 'wannabe'.

You will climb up the ladder of rock stardom as you get quicker at answering questions accurately - so 6 seconds or less you will become a 'breakthrough artist' and at 4 seconds or less you will become a 'headliner'.

Your aim is to become a 'rock star' - you will achieve this when you can answer times tables questions correctly in 3 seconds or less. If your recall becomes even quicker you can become a 'rock hero' and, finally, a 'rock god'!

Help your child at home with their Maths.

Pupil Voice 

We feel it is important that we listen to the feedback of our children at St Joseph’s and they are very positive about their maths lessons. 

 "I love working with the Numicon. It helps me to understand maths better."

 "I love the tricky problems our teacher gives us. They are hard but great fun."

“Active Maths gets blood to our brains and makes us work even harder.”

Useful links

Below are some links to websites that you may like to try out with your children:

BBC Bitesize- This link will take you to the Bitesize homepage. From here click on the correct key stage button and it will lead you to some great maths resources linked to what your child has been learning. 

Maths Zone- A great website full of games, mainly for KS2.

Super Maths World- Great games for KS2. Children can log in as a guest or create an account. 

Cool Maths- Another website full of interactive games. 

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