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St Patrick's RC Primary And Nursery School

"I come that they may have life and have it to the full"

Lee Street, Oldham, Lancashire, OL8 1EF

0161 633 0527

  2. Curriculum
  3. Maths


At St Patrick's Primary School we have high expectations for every child. We teach for mastery in maths. This means that we expect all pupils to gain a deep understanding of the maths they are learning. For understanding in maths to be secure, learning needs to be built on solid foundations.
A mastery approach to the curriculum means pupils spend longer on fewer key mathematical concepts to ensure they have good understanding of them. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through speedy teacher intervention. Those children who grasp concepts  quickly are given opportunities to deepen their knowledge and improve their reasoning skills rather than accelerating on to new curriculum content.

We follow the National Curriculum which you can view here:

National curriculum for Maths

Each half term, classes have a set of mathematical facts to learn which we refer to as Maths Keys. Knowing facts off by heart frees up working memory so children can concentrate on mathematical ideas and make links between ideas to strengthen their understanding. Children take part in frequent quizes and tests (known as 'Maths Masters' tests) to revisit work from previous years to consolidate previous learning.
You can view an overview of the Maths Keys by clicking on the links below:

Maths Keys Overview