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Mathematics Policy

English Martyrs’ Catholic School has been fully engaged with the new Mathematics curriculum since September 2014 and everyone in our school community is embracing the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Maths.

We share the belief that Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. 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.


The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

            Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into distinct areas, but pupils will make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

English Martyrs’ has a carefully thought-out calculation policy and a fractions policy, which is available in a visual form, which ensures continuity and progression throughout school.  

Children learn their times table facts from Key Stage 1 and are expected to have a working knowledge of the 2, 10 and 5 times tables by the time they move on to Key Stage 2.  By the end of Year 4 they should have working knowledge of all the times tables as well as good recall of key mathematical facts.

We are proud to say that as part of our children’s mathematical development, English Martyrs’ School pays for each child (except Reception) to have access to Mathletics. This is an interactive online mathematical program which can be monitored and altered by Teachers to support children’s individual needs. It can be accessed from home and provides lots of appropriate and fun activities.
At English Martyrs’ School we believe that Maths is Fun and our aim is that our children will leave our school with a sustained enthusiasm for this subject.