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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


Maths is a fascinating and creative subject.  It is essential for everyday life, a useful tool in other subjects such as medicine and banking and a fascinating subject to study in its own right.

At St Patrick's, we believe that all children are capable of being successful in maths with hard work and the right teaching. 

We use a 'teaching for mastery' approach to maths.  Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.  The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give children the best chances of mastering maths.

Some Key Features of the Teaching for Mastery Approach

  • Children are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all pupils working together, on the same lesson content, at the same time, with nobody left behind.
  • There is lots of back-and-forth interaction between the teacher and children.  Children do not just sit and passively listen to the teacher but think, take part in discussions, answer questions and solve problems throughout the session.
  • We want children to think mathematically so they can make sense of the ideas that they are being taught.  We support them to explain their thinking clearly in full sentences.
  • Concrete objects (such as counters), images and animations are used to develop children's understanding.
  • If a child struggles in a lesson, this is identified quickly and action is taken during or after the lesson so they are ready for the next step of their learning.
  • Children who understand things quickly are challenged to deepen their understanding or use it in a different way.
  • Number bonds to ten and multiplication tables are learned to automaticity (knowing them 'off by heart', without having to think) to free up children's thinking power to focus on understanding mathematical ideas.
  • We spend longer on key ideas that underpin later learning.  We also make time to revisit and practise prior learning.



By the end of Year Six, children should be able to use formal written methods for addition & subtraction and for multiplication & division, for calculations that cannot be worked out efficiently using mental arithmetic.

These are the methods that parents may be very familiar with from their own school days. 

In some younger year groups, children may use methods that seem slightly different.  These are used as 'stepping stones' to using the more formal, efficient methods.  They help children to understand how the formal methods work.

For more information on our approach to calculation, please click here


We follow the EYFS framework and National Curriculum which set out what children should know by the end of each key stage. 

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

National curriculum for Maths

We use materials from the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) and the White Rose Maths scheme of work to plan our lessons.  

Click the links to see our long term plans for each year group.

Early Years               Years 1-6


Mastering Number


Children in Reception, Year One and Year Two take part in a daily 10-15 min 'Mastering Number' session, in addition to their normal maths lesson.  This helps children to develop deep understanding of number and  calculation.  This will give them a firm foundation for maths in Key Stage Two.

North West One Maths Hub

The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics supports schools in England to develop their maths teaching through local Maths Hubs.  St Patrick's works in partnership with North West One Maths Hub to continually develop and improve our maths teaching.  We also provide support and training to other primary schools in the Greater Manchester area.