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Our Lady & St. Gerard's

R.C. Primary School

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Subject Leader: Mr N. Vaughan


As a school, we aim to develop all pupils' mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding of concepts in order to prepare them for using their mathematical skills, with fluency, in everyday life. We strive to make mathematics enjoyable and relevant to the children, placing emphasis on applying skills and concepts to problem solving activities, thus encouraging independent thinkers. As such, we are adopting a 'Mastery' approach to the teaching of maths across the school.


What is 'Mastery in Mathematics'?

Teaching for mastery in Maths is essentially the expectation that all pupils will 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 far longer on fewer key mathematical concepts but work at greater depth. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through speedy teacher intervention and those children who grasp the concepts more quickly are given opportunities to deepen their knowledge and improve their reasoning skills rather than accelerating on to new curriculum content.


In order to supplement our mastery approach, we use a maths scheme, Maths No Problem, in Years 1 to 6.  


Maths No Problem

The writers of Maths No Problem believe that every child can master an understanding and love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support. The programme is a highly structured approach to teaching maths and deepens the understanding of all children. Each lesson is based around an ‘anchor task’ which the children explore using different methods. The children are encouraged to talk about their maths and explore their ideas fully, then work independently using the workbooks.

Maths No Problem uses the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach to teaching maths. The CPA approach builds on children's existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a concrete and tangible way. It involves moving from concrete materials, to pictorial representations, to abstract symbols and problems.

Click on the picture below for more information about Maths No Problem and to access videos focused on maths concepts.


Mathematics in Early Years

Sumdog - Homework Activities


Each class from Year 1 to Year 6 are set maths homework each week using Sumdog. Every child  has their own Sumdog login and can access the homework as well as additional activities and games.  Sumdog is a program we use to help children develop and apply their mathematical learning through games and challenges.  Teachers set practice tasks, challenges and class competitions.  We sometimes even compete against children from other schools in Lancashire!

If your child has forgotten / lost their login details, please speak to the class teacher or email the school office.

Sumdog Class Champions

Ninja Maths

Throughout Key Stage 2, children participate in the Ninja Maths challenge which provides opportunity to improve mental recall of basic number facts. The instant recall of these number facts is essential for developing confident and resilient mathematicians and Ninja Maths makes it an enjoyable and motivating experience for the children.


Each half term, they work on one of the four rules of number: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  The children are encouraged to improve at their own rate and their motivation to succeed improves as they very quickly gain in confidence when they see their rapid progress. 


The total score gained determines which level of ninja they achieve. They then receive a coloured headband and a ninja card, corresponding to their score. The desire to 'level-up' is a great motivation for the children.


Ninja Maths Rankings


Number Day

On Number Day, we raised over £300 for the NSPCC.  As you can see from the pictures in the slideshow below, we 'Dressed as Digits' and enjoyed participating in a variety of mathematical games, challenges and activities, having fun using and exploring number while raising money for an excellent cause.