Maths at St Gerard's

“Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country.”

David Hilbert, Mathematician.


Teaching and learning

The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in Maths lessons. This year we have taken on the mastery approach to teaching maths, basing our teaching around sound reasoning skills, beginning each lesson with a 'hook' to get children thinking, talking and manipulating practical resources to solve problems.

Our principal aims are to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Maths and prepare them for life. We ensure that children are given the opportunity to explore and developing ideas related to number and calculation. We do this best through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children. They encourage children to evaluate their own ideas and methods, and the work of others, and say what they think and feel about them. We give children the opportunity within lessons to work on their own and collaborate with others, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT. We ensure that Maths is learnt through lessons, visits/residential visits and external partners. We recognise the fact that we have children of differing ability in all our classes, and so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies:

• setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;

• setting tasks of increasing difficulty where not all children complete all tasks;

• grouping children by ability and setting different tasks for each group;

• providing a range of challenges with different resources;

• using additional adults to support the work of individual children or small groups.

Plans should follow St Gerard’s Calculation Policy which gives an overview of the development of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division from Reception to Year 6. Teachers should use this detailed information on progression through each strand and how to use practical resources and models to develop understanding at each stage.

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Useful websites:

Times Table Rockstars


Maths Playground

Maths Frame


Starter of the Day

Maths Zone


St Gerard's Times Tables Challenge

On this page, you can download the BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD workbooks to use at home.


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