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How we teach Mathematics at St Paul’s First School.  


Y1 to Y4:

Mathematics is taught every day. Typical lessons incorporate the following elements:

  1. Learning Objectives /teaching: I / We / You. Followed by assessment.
  2. Independent work followed by self and peer assessment.
  3. Self- and teacher assessment leading to further progress.  

Assessment of individuals is a high priority throughout lessons so that tasks are matched carefully to challenge pupils. Assessment for Learning has been recognised as a strength of our approach. The teaching encourages Knowledge, Understanding and higher order Reasoning skills to maximise progress and independent learning by pupils. Mental strategies are taught in a separate short lesson four times each week. Mental Recall skills are also practised discretely.  

Targets cards are used by individuals during every lesson so they can plan their own learning progress.  

Early Years:

Early Mathematics knowledge and understanding is developed through a variety of investigative activities during continuous provision. Usually an adult will be working alongside to demonstrate and model the learning so they can plan the progress of their own learning.

Learning Difficulties:

Everyone at St Paul’s First School believes that all children, regardless of ability and behaviour are valued equally. Children with Disabilities or Special Education Needs (DSEN) are not viewed as a separate entity but are part of the whole school approach, and different children’s needs are recognised and met through varied and flexible provision throughout the curriculum.  

The achievement of Full Dyslexia Friendly Status recognises that we meet the needs of all our children. We believe that this will not only benefit children with dyslexic tendencies but will also have a significant impact on other pupils whose Literacy skills are not appropriate to their age, as strategies that are good for the dyslexic learner are good for everyone.  

Please find a list of useful Maths web sites in the PDF file below:

List of Maths Website for Parents

Year 1 Maths Nation Curriculum Programme of Study

Year 2 Maths Nation Curriculum Programme of Study

Year 3 Maths Nation Curriculum Programme of Study

Year 4 Maths Nation Curriculum Programme of Study