We teach Mathematics at St Margaret Ward Catholic Primary School because Maths introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and it supports children in other learning across the breadth of the curriculum.

It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners.

Maths is a truly universal skill, our use of technology and maths enables children to work with others around the world, providing them with motivations and competitions they might not otherwise access. Maths at SMW increases a growth mindset way of thinking about problems, the joy of maths is understanding that some problems cannot be solved.

 At SMW our children:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. 
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. 


Children at SMW delight in using mathematics to solve a problem, especially when it leads them to an unexpected discovery or new connections. As their confidence grows, they look for patterns, use logical reasoning, suggest solutions and try out different approaches to problems.

Mathematics offers children a powerful way of communicating their ideas and understanding. They learn to explore and explain their ideas using symbols, diagrams and spoken and written language.

Studying mathematics stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in life beyond school.

Below is an overview of the maths topics taught in each year group term-by-term.