St Ambrose RC Primary School - Maths Curriculum Intent

 “Teach us to count up the days that are ours, and we shall come to the heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

At St Ambrose, we reflect the National Curriculum aims:

  1. develop a positive attitude to maths as an interesting and attractive subject in which all children gain some success and pleasure;
  2. develop mathematical understanding through systematic direct teaching of appropriate learning objectives;
  3. encourage the effective use of maths as a tool in a wide range of activities within school and, subsequently, adult life;
  4. develop an ability in the children to express themselves fluently, to talk about the subject with an assurance, using correct mathematical language and vocabulary (as detailed in the ‘mathematical vocabulary’);
  5. develop an appreciation of relationships within maths;
  6. develop ability to think clearly and logically with independence of though and flexibility of mind;
  7. Use manipulatives to aid the development and learning of the children in mathematics.
  8. Use CPA (Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract) approach to developing mathematical skills.
  9. develop an appreciation of creative aspects of maths and awareness of its aesthetic appeal;
  10. develop mathematical skills and knowledge and quick recall of basic facts in line with NC recommendations


In this subject:

At St Ambrose, we believe in Mastery for all.  We have tailored our approach to the children in our school and our strong belief is that everyone can master maths at their own level. Through developing the childrens ability to calculate, reason, and solve problems whilst expressing their reasoning fluently, we are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts.  

We measure the impact of the maths curriculum over time by assessing how much knowledge, skills and vocabulary have been acquired and retained. To inform these judgements, teachers use regular retrieval practices, use of knowledge organisers, pre- and post-assessment tasks, marking, and pupil discussion opportunities.

We want all the children to enjoy Maths and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically.  We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject and an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics.  

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Maths at St. Ambrose

At St. Ambrose Catholic Primary School, the aims of our maths curriculum are: 

To develop fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics.

To reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

To solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems.

Maths in EYFS

In early years the children experience maths everyday through whole class teaching, focused activities with an adult and through play opportunities in and outside the classroom. Maths is discovered, explored, discussed and made sense of from the child's own perspective, guided and facilitated by the adults

Maths in KS1 and KS2

In years 1 - 6, the maths curriculum is delivered using the White Rose maths scheme, which supports the concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches to understanding maths.

End of Year Expectations/Year Overviews

Click on the links at the bottom of the page to view the documents that show what is taught in each year group and what the children are expected to learn by the end of the academic year.

Times Tables Rockstars

Times Tables Rockstars is a fun and competitive way for children to learn their times tables. Each child from Year 1 to Year 6 has been given a username and password so that they can develop their knowledge and recall of the times tables and compete against school friends to be the ultimate Times Tables Rockstar at St. Ambrose. Each week, children from year 2 - Year 6 must complete garage and studio games as part of their home learning. Children can play at 


Numbots is a fun way for young children to develop their ability to add and subtract. Children from Nursery to Year 2 each have their own username and password so that they can access this engaging platform and develop their understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction in order to move from counting to calculating. Children can play at



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