About Our Mathematics Curriculum

At St. Philip Neri we recognise the need for a mathematics curriculum that embraces mathematical reasoning, the ability to engage in problem-solving, and is underpinned by fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics.

It is vital that a positive attitude towards mathematics is encouraged among all of our pupils in order to foster confidence and achievement in a skill that is essential in our society. We aim to provide the pupils with a mathematics curriculum which will produce individuals who have a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.

We endeavour to give all of our pupils equal access to the whole mathematics curriculum, and where possible, to allow pupils to move through the programme of study at broadly the same pace. This means that:

 ‘Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.’ (National Curriculum Mathematics Programme of study Key Stages 1 and 2).


At St. Philip’s, mathematics is taught through a mix of creative and practical opportunities plus regular opportunities to practise pencil and paper procedures underpinning arithmetic tests. We have a whole school yearly target and pupils have individual targets.

We aim to:

  • develop mathematical understanding through a structured, practical and fun curriculum which fosters and celebrates each pupil’s contribution and achievements.
  • enable our pupils to be fluent in the fundamentals of maths, including through varied and frequent practice with problems, so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • build on the earliest perceptual and cognitive learning through to problem solving and reasoning in real life situations.
  • enable our pupils to use their learning to become as independent as possible in their adult lives.
  • produce a stimulating environment and adequate resources so that pupils can develop their mathematical skills to their full potential.

There are many great websites and games that can support maths learning. We subscribe to Mathletics so all of our pupils will have their own login details – please ask your child’s class teacher if needed. We also have access to Times Tables Rockstars which  is a programme to support pupils from Years 2 to 6 and helps with the learning of times tables.


The following are some suggested free online games but there are many others to use too.


Further Information

Fun with fractions in Year 1

This week Year 1 have been learning all about fractions. We found out that to make halves we need to share something into two equal parts. To investigate this we look at a range of shapes and how we could halve them. Some were trickier than others! Next, Mrs Gaughan...

Year 1 investigate measurement

Last week Year 1 investigated how to measure both length and height. We compared length and height using different objects including ourselves. Next, we moved onto using cubes and hands to work out how long or tall something is. Finally, we used rulers to measure...

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