Intent of Maths

Please see below for an overview of Maths.

Our maths curriculum is designed to meet the context of our school and its passion in promoting equality in opportunity. As such, the aim of the maths curriculum at St Paul’s is the same for all children - to help them, over time, acquire mastery of the subject. Our goal is for all children to hold a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. St Paul’s progressive maths curriculum and setting structure equips our children with the knowledge, skills and attitude to master their learning in maths and be confident learners now and for life.


Our aims for all children are to:

  • become increasingly fluent at working out calculations and problems
  • understand why the methods and strategies taught work
  • remember and use facts efficiently
  • use what is known to find solutions to problems
  • use maths vocabulary when explaining thoughts to others
  • break increasingly complex problems into simpler steps
  • use a positive growth mindset to nurture increasing confidence in reasoning mathematically
  • conjecture and to test hypotheses with and without teacher prompting


Through meeting these aims, all children at St Paul’s master their learning (skills and knowledge) and this will be evident in their ability to explain and discuss their learning to and with others (understanding)

The deep understanding that we aspire to, for our children, requires a curriculum where children spend more time on fewer topics. They explore concepts using manipulatives, models, jottings, pictorial representations and problem-solving to build confidence in their understanding. This then equips our children to make sense of the abstract nature of maths problems and puzzles. As such we fulfil the ethos of the 2014 National Curriculum: “Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.” National Curriculum 2014





Policy Statement

Maths Calculation Policy

End Points
Long Term Plan
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