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At St Joseph’s we are committed to the engaging delivery of mathematics across the age ranges and curriculum. For children to access the majority of their learning in mathematics, a strong and confident grasp of the four number operations is important; using formal and informal written methods and mental strategies.

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

·        become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics

·        can reason mathematically

·        can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems

We use concrete apparatus such as Numicon and pictorial representations to develop deep, conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas.  We use talk partners which encourages children to discuss their mathematical concepts.





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All primary school-aged children are expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12 by heart and should have mastered their times tables by the end of Year 4. The Government has introduced a Multiplication Tables Check for children in Year 4 and the first test will take place in June 2020. To support the children with this, we have membership of the website, Times Table Rock Stars. The website works on the basis that children need daily practise to get to the top, just like their Rock Star counterparts. It uses music and rewards to help children improve their rapid times tables recall. Over time children also experience the feeling of excitement over performing well.  Teachers in each class can develop a program of times tables for the children to practise. The children are able to answer questions in a timed activity whilst playing by themselves, against their classmates or against children using Times Table Rock Stars anywhere in the world.

The school subscribes to an online maths system called It will enable your child's classteacher to set online homework tasks by and can also be used in lessons. It has a wealth of fun mathematical activities to engage the children with maths, there are online lessons, games and online homework tasks.

All of the children from Year 1 to Year 6 have now been given a personal login number and password to access MyMaths at home.

There is a 'How to Guide' attached below if you should require any support accessing the activities, we hope you enjoy using the site.

Class 2 finding fractions of amounts and shapes

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Class 2 finding fractions of amounts and shapes 2


NSPCC Number Day 2018


What a wonderful day of number focussed activities there were taking place throughout the school on the NSPCC Number Day whilst at the same time raising money for a charity devoted to helping children. The total raised an amazing £95.63.

The children were invited to ‘dress for digits’ to highlight numbers. It was great to see walking dice, calculators and number themed tops – numbers everywhere!

Class 1 had a musical number time and made yummy cakes that were sold at the end of the day.

Class 2 and 3 challenged each other in a number focussed quiz.

Class 3 measured and measured some more!

Year 5 children took part in a ‘Battle of the Robots’.

Year 6 children worked throughout the school helping with activities and highlighting how much fun number work is.


Take a look each of the class pages to see more about this event.





RAINBOW MATHS takes place everyday in Key Stage 1. Children  look forward to completing their daily challenge. The task is to complete a given amount of questions in a certain amount of time. The purpose of Rainbow maths is to improve children’s rapid recall of the four operations (+ - x ÷) when applied to basic mathematical questions.


Everyone starts at the lowest part of the scale. When a child can successfully answer all questions within the timescale with no more than the accepted number of mistakes, every day for a week, then they can move up a colour. When they get to the end of the stages they can either go on to the next group of stages or restart depending on the focus of learning (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).

Elements stages

Rainbow stages

Award stages

Addition and subtraction

Multiplication and division

Division and decimals


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÷ x


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÷ decimals


+ -




÷ decimals





converting decimals












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Maths in Action

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Yearly Overviews by Year Group

Maths Calculation Policy