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:

  • Mathematics is a journey and long-term goal achieved through exploration, clarification, practise, and application.
  • At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time.
  • We know there are 3 levels of learning: 1) Shallow learning – surface, temporary, often lost. 2) Deep learning: it sticks and can be recalled and used. 3) Deepest learning can be transferred and applied in different contexts. At St Ambrose, we are aiming for deep and deepest by teaching maths using the Mastery approach.
  • Mathematics is an essential part of a balanced curriculum that is both well matched to and challenging to the learner’s needs.
  • All learners should become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with the ability to communicate mathematically when reasoning and solving problems by the application of their mathematical understanding.
  • We endeavour to ensure that children develop an enthusiastic attitude toward maths that will stay with them throughout their lives and enable them to make a positive difference in their communities.
  • We want our children to be able to make connections between mathematics and other areas of the curriculum, for example – science and geography.

In this subject:

At St Ambrose, we believe in Mastery for all.  We are on our journey toward mastery of teaching, and we have tailored our approach to the children in our school.  Our strong belief is that everyone can master maths at their own level.  Teachers draw on a range of resources to create the best possible learning environment for our pupils, moving the children from pictorial and abstract stages.  Time is taken as decided by the teacher to revisit and consolidate topics through the year to help ensure deep learning and prevent any gaps in learning.  Reasoning is part of every lesson, and the use of talk partners enables the children to verbalise and discuss their understanding.  Working walls in each classroom allow the children to ‘explore’ maths and remind children of key mathematical facts they need to memorise.

Assessment of National Curriculum objectives is carried out by the class teacher. Topic and termly WhiteRose maths assessments are used to inform teacher assessment judegements. These are carried out to assess against the age-related expectations of each year group and are used with evidence in books from lessons,  to inform the teacher’s decisions and to pinpoint gaps in children’s learning that need consolidation or intervention. Years 2 and 6 also use past SATs papers for the end of term assessments.  At St Ambrose, 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 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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