Mathematics at Christ Church

Key Staff: Mrs Y Scullion, Miss M Compton, Mrs B Seddon

At Christ Church CE Primary we firmly believe Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. Mathematics is an integral aspect of life and with this in mind we strive to ensure that all our children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their life.


Our planning is based around the 2014 National Curriculum for Mathematics and through high quality teaching we aim to produce individuals who are numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve a deep understanding of, and mastery in, the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding that provide barriers to learning as they move through education.

 The 2014 National Curriculum for mathematics describes in detail what pupils must learn in each year group to ensure continuity and progression and high expectations for attainment in mathematics. Assessment for Learning, an emphasis on investigation, problem solving and the development of mathematical thinking and a rigorous approach to the development of teacher subject knowledge are therefore essential components of the Christ Church CE Primary approach to this subject.


Teachers endeavour at all times to set work that is challenging, motivating and encourages the pupils to think about how they learn and to talk about what they have been learning. Teachers plan problem solving and investigational activities on a regular basis to ensure that pupils develop the skills of mathematical thinking and enquiry.

 We aim to provide a stimulating environment with high quality resources so that pupils can develop their mathematical skills to the full. Through teaching with a creative / investigative approach, children will learn to understand, distil and clarify information; consider what they know that will help them to solve problems, realizing what they need to know next; create systems and strategies, organizing information in a way that helps find patterns and ultimately solutions and to communicate and present their findings effectively.

 Key skills

At Christ Church CE Primary we recognise the importance of establishing a deep and secure foundation in mental calculation and recall of number facts before standard written methods are introduced. The use of accurate mathematical vocabulary is essential in all our teaching and children are expected to use it in their verbal and written explanations.

 Using and applying mathematics

Mathematics contributes to many subjects and it is important the children are given opportunities to apply and use Mathematics in real contexts. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop and apply their numeracy skills throughout all curriculum subjects for example measuring and recording results in science and technology, consideration of properties of shape and geometric patterns in technology and art and the collection and presentation of data in history and geography. Additional enrichment opportunities are provided for pupils to further develop mathematical thinking e.g. through cooking, music, and maths investigations and games.

Every Summer, we hold a Games for Gains Week where each class the children plan, design and produce a selection of games that are played by other classes for a small charge of 1, 2 or 5p. All money raised goes to our enhancing mathematics resources across the school.

Celebrating success

To encourage the learning of basic skills such as number bonds and times tables we have introduced several ways to reward those children who make a regular and concerted effort. These include: individual certificates for each child celebrating their success with learning a particular times table; weekly awards at our celebration assembly for outstanding effort; regular maths challenges with prizes; Year group Times Tables champions.

Useful Documents:

Year 1 English and Maths Planning Document

Year 2 English and Maths Planning Document

Year 3 Maths Planning Document

Year 4 English and Maths Planning Document

Year 5 English and Maths Planning Document

Year 6 English and Maths Planning Document

Year 5 & 6 English and Maths Planning Document

Maths Policy

Mathematics Calculations Policy

"Helping your Child with Mathematics at Home" Booklet

NSPCC Number Day

On Friday 17th February all the children celebrated the NSPCC Number Day, with the aim of raising money for Childline. Staff and children all wore clothes with numbers on them and donated £1 to charity. Throughout the day teachers led many maths and number activities, some of these were sponsored to add to the money raised.

Activities included:

Whole school - wear your own clothes with a number on (£1 donation)

FS - Stay and Play morning with a Maths theme - with a cake sale for the parents

Yr 1 - Guess the weight of the cake

Yr 2 - Guess the number of sweets in a jar

Yr 3 - Sponsored walk

Yr 4 - Guess the age of the teddy

Yr 5 - Guess the total age of all the teachers in school

Yr 6 - Cake sale and Beat the Year 6 - a times table competition

Total amount of money raised from the event was £449.52. Please see our "make waves" link to see photos from the day.

Useful Maths Links