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Marvellous Maths

Maths Intent


At St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, we have adopted a mastery approach in order to deliver the three aims of the National Curriculum, fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Underpinning this pedagogy is a belief that all children can achieve in maths. We believe in promoting sustained and deepening understanding by employing a variety of mastery strategies, with teaching for conceptual understanding at the heart of everything we do.  Our approach aims to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to develop independence, confidence and competence – ‘mastery’ in mathematics in order to be independent mathematicians who are well equipped to apply their learning to the wider world.




The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and
    frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop
    conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and
    generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and no routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into
    a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.





Teaching for Mastery aims to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to achieve confidence and competence – ‘mastery’ – in mathematics, rather than many failing to develop the maths skills they need for the future.

Key features of our Maths Mastery curriculum:

  • High expectations for every child
  • Fewer topics, greater depth
  • Number sense and place value come first
  • Research -based curriculum
  • Objects and pictures always before numbers and letters
  • Problem solving is central
  • Calculate with confidence– understand why it works

Mathematics Mastery places emphasis on the cumulative mastery of essential knowledge and skills in mathematics. It embeds a deeper understanding of maths by utilising a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening.




Why fluency is so important?

Mathematical fluency is the ability to quickly and accurately recall mathematical facts and concepts. It’s made up of 5 key parts – accuracy, flexibility and appropriate response, efficiency, automaticity, and number sense. Fluency builds the foundations students use to tackle more complex, multi-step questions in problem-solving and reasoning activities, and it’s crucial to their success. See the year group sections below to find helpful documents to support fluency at home.



Calculation Guidance Document

Progression in Essential Number Skills

How can you help at home?


There are many ways to help to build your child's confidence in maths. Many fun games and activities you can do with your child practise maths skills. Most children love playing games and it is an easy way to support their learning.





Below are links to useful websites to access at home

Click on the link below to find out more about our wider curriculum