What our children have to say about maths
in St. Matthew's CPS:
'I enjoy maths because I like to explain what I've
done and I like sharing ideas.'
'I like maths because it is fun and
you get to learn new things.'
'I love maths because we can learn how to count and explain.'
'I enjoy maths because it is extremely
fun and challenging.'
'I like maths because I love hard sums.'
'I like using the equipment to work things out.'
'I enjoy maths because it's fun and we do
different things each day.'
'I do enjoy maths because I like to count up all of the numbers in different ways.'
'I like maths because we get to do number problems and we have to use different methods to work them out.'
Vision for Maths at St. Matthew’s Catholic Primary School

The aim of this statement is to summarise the high standards of Mathematics expected at St. Matthew’s, based on the new 2016 Maths Curriculum, the introduction of Singapore Maths and supported by our Maths Calculation Policy. This vision is shared with the parents of our pupils, and shared with our staff, who receive Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in all relevant areas.

Number Sense

At St. Matthew’s, we want every child to:
  • become fluent mathematicians by extending understanding of our number system, including negative numbers, fractions and decimals.
  • Build an understanding of how our numbers work and fit together.
  • Explore place value (identifying the value of digits in numbers given to three-decimal places), comparing and ordering numbers up to 10 000 000 (including fractions <1), rounding (to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000) and applying this understanding in different contexts.
Additive Reasoning
  • Develop an understanding of addition and subtraction and the relationship between them.
  • Use this to solve multi-step problems in different contexts, including measures and statistics.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry or conjecturing generalisations using mathematical language.
  • Choose and use number facts, understanding of place value, mental methods (including mixed operations and large numbers), formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction), explaining decision making and justifying solutions.
Multiplicative Reasoning

  • Develop an understanding of multiplication and division including fractions.
  • The focus is on understanding the relationship between multiplication and division, clearly connecting to this an understanding of fractions both as operators, e.g. the equivalence between dividing by five and multiplying by a fifth, and the outcome of divisions, e.g. understanding 3/4 = ¾. This understanding is used to solve problems in different contexts, including measures and statistics.
  • Children will become increasingly fluent in mental methods drawing upon known facts as well as written methods (including long multiplication and division).
Geometric Reasoning
  • Develop an understanding in shape and space (compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes and find unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals, and regular polygons).
  • Understand properties of shapes and the relationship between them, using this understanding to solve problems including problems related to measures (perimeter, area and volume), and movement within space.
  • Measures and statistics are included throughout as contexts for number sense, additive reasoning and multiplicative reasoning.
Algebra (using simple formulae and expressing missing number problems algebraically) and Ratio and Proportion will be taught in Y6.
We have special books and equipment to investigate and explore our Singapore Maths challenges.
Year 4 are loving their Singapore Maths Challenges!
Our Maths displays and working walls.
Our Reception children have been looking at repeated patterns.
Year 6 - Fractions
Year 6 Maths in Geography - working out water usage in our homes.
Year 4 Mathemagicians!
Year 5 - Maths in Science
Constructing Cumulative Frequency Graphs in Year 4 Science
Year 4 - place value tasks
Times tables in Year 4
Maths Bar charts in Year 6 DT project.
Year 4 making graphs using purple mash.They incorporated their current maths topic of time and calculated how many minutes children use different types of technology or specific apps for.
Year 5 - Maths in Geography
Year 1 - Maths in Science
Maths in History - Year 4 using maths measuring skills to measure the length of the ship found at Sutton Hoo.
Maths across the curriculum
Year 6 History - Maths problems on The Beatles and John Lennon