At St Luke's, we follow the National Curriculum (2014) for Numeracy across Key Stage 1 and 2. The National Curriculum (2014) has three main aims. These are to ensure that all pupils will:
- be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. Pupils have a solid understanding of increasingly complex mathematical problems and are able to solve them quickly and accurately.
- reason mathematically. Pupils can identify mathematical relationships and connections for themselves and justify their decision-making.
- solve problems. Pupils can apply their skills and approach problems systematically, breaking them down into smaller steps where necessary.
A brief overview of the National Curriculum (2014) and St Luke’s approach to it is outlined below. For more detail about the topics covered in each year group, please consult the Numeracy section of the National Curriculum (2014) document, available at:
A yearly breakdown of the objectives covered is also available here:
Year 1 objectives Year 2 objectives Year 3 objectives Year 4 objectives Year 5 objectives Year 6 objectives
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
The main focus of mathematics teaching in Years 1 and 2 is to make sure that pupils develop a confident and fluent understanding of whole numbers, counting and place value. At this stage, children use a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, weight, capacity/volume, time and money. The children’s conceptual understanding of numbers is developed through the use of images, numerals, words and physical objects such as coins, watches and shapes.
*By the end of Year 2, pupils should know all number bonds to twenty and understand place value in preparation for applying these skills in Key Stage 2.
Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)
The main focus of mathematics teaching in Years 3 and 4 is to ensure that pupils are fluent in dealing with whole numbers and their interactions with the four numeric operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). The emphasis is on pupils developing efficient methods of calculation, both mental and written, and confidence when working with increasingly large numbers.
At this stage, pupils are developing their ability to solve a variety of problems, including simple fractions and understanding decimal place values. In addition, pupils should be analysing shapes and their respective properties, confidently describing the relationships between these shapes, and using measuring instruments with accuracy.
*By the end of Year 4, times tables up to 12x12 should be memorised. Additionally, Year 4 pupils will be required to undertake a Multiplications Tables Check from 2020 onwards. Read more about the Multiplication Tables Check here.
Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6)
The main focus of mathematics teaching in Years 5 and 6 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers (whole numbers). This, in turn, influences the pupils’ application of their multiplication and division knowledge to more complex problems involving fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. Building on the foundations laid in Years 1 to 4, children are introduced to the language of algebra as a means to solve problems. Teaching also builds upon the children’s existing knowledge of geometry (shape and space), allowing pupils to classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties.
*By the end of Year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.
The Teaching of Maths in St Luke's
To supplement the teaching of Maths in school and to enable the children to develop a sound understanding of Maths, we have also subscribed to the NCETM, White Rose, Hamilton Trust, Twinkl, TES and use other non-subscription websites, such as NRich, and textbooks to provide both our pupils and teachers with a wealth of resources to develop their enquiry, reasoning and problem solving skills. With our intention to raise the profile of Maths across school, we have also developed a strategy for the Teaching of Maths in St Luke's to ensure that fluency, reasoning, problem solving, mastery and greater depth are embedded within our curriculum. In this, rigorous use of assessment for learning is employed to ensure that work is appropriately pitched and sufficiently challenging to ensure pupil progress. Hence, pupils become masters, learning Maths at greater depth and achieving end of year expectations.
St Luke's Approach to Problem Solving
We know that many of our pupils struggle when faced with problems that they perceive to be challenging, even though with a bit more resilience and application of the skills that they have been taught, they would have been more successful. To help them to overcome this barrier, we have developed the St Luke's Approach to Problem Solving with the following aims and objectives:
- To enhance children’s skills of organising and structuring problems
- To enable children to identify and demystify problems, and methodically, using a variety of techniques, effectively work them out
- Maintain fidelity to a systematic approach in identifying, solving and reasoning through problems in order for pupils to build up skills and deepen their understanding
- to enable children to identify and solve problems quickly
- for children to transfer their mathematical skills and concepts
- to identify, fine tune and build pupils investigative skills
Addition and Subtraction Strategies Multiplication and Division Strategies Times Table Songs
Priorities for 2018/2019 Calculations Policy Maths Policy
Starter of the Day
Yearly Overviews: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Vision for September 2019 and Beyond
At St Luke's, we are always looking to improve our practice to ensure that learners achieve their full potential. It is with this in mind, that we look to fully implement the use of online resources to enhance our teaching and learning experiences. One of these is the use of the MyMaths as a new platform for online learning and homework.
Another programme that we use is Times Table Rockstars to improve confidence in children's knowledge and use and application of their times table across the school. Please consult your child's class teacher in order to obtain your child's username and password for this website. Please ensure that your children practise their times tables daily.