St Margaret Mary's Catholic Infant School

  1. Curriculum
  2. Maths


Aims of the national curriculum

National Curriculum Programmes of Study for KS1 and 2.pdf

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

  • 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

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

The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

We want the children in our school to be confident, independent and resilient mathematicians. We want to foster a love of maths and we have a range of initiatives to support this enjoyment of maths.


Please follow the link below to the progression map for maths. 

Progression map for Maths

Please find below the long term plan for maths.

Whole school Maths LTP

Here are the calculation policies that we are following for this year:

White Rose Addition and Subtraction Calculation Policy

White Rose Multiplication and Division Calculation Policy

This will help you to understand the models, images and strategies that we use in each year group.

If you wish to find out how our children continue their learning in mathematics in the junior school. Please follow the link below; 

St Margaret Mary's Catholic Junior School: Maths (