Thorburn Road, Wigan, Lancashire, WN5 9LW

01942 222721

St. Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School

With Jesus we love, learn and pray: to grow in the St. Cuthbert's way.


Vision - At St. Cuthbert’s we believe that Mathematics should empower children to become confident and enthusiastic learners.  It helps them to make links between their learning and real-life contexts. It enables them to become fluent in knowledge and concepts in order to be able to reason and problem solve encouraging a deep understanding and love of the subject.


Aims - At St. Cuthbert’s we aim to:

  • promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning about Maths through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
  • develop fluency with numbers and the number system;
  • provide opportunities for children to reason and solve problems in an encouraging and supportive environment;
  • provide a range of resources and teaching strategies (concrete, visual, symbolic) to enable children to fully explore and understand concepts;
  • instill independence and resilience so that children have the perseverance and confidence to challenge themselves further in their learning and to learn from their mistakes (mastery – everyone can achieve);
  • develop positive attitudes so that children perceive themselves as mathematicians;
  • ensure children understand the relevance of mathematics in everyday life in order to raise their future aspirations;
  • provide opportunities for children to apply their skills in a range of contexts.


Teaching and learningWithin classes children are taught with a balanced mix of independent work, partner/group tasks and whole class teaching. Teachers work to support and guide children in the following ways:

  • talking mathematically – using appropriate vocabulary and examples, including stem sentences;
  • developing the use of concrete, pictorial and symbolic representations;
  • linking learning to real-life situations whenever possible to allow children to see the relevance of what they are learning;
  • engaging parents in their children’s learning in school and at home;
  • using and applying mental strategies to solve calculations (fluency) e.g. use of jottings/diagrams etc.;
  • modelling how to explain and justify their use of strategies or resources to solve problems and calculations;
  • helping them to understand when to apply either mental or written methods to complete a calculation;
  • making connections to what has been learnt before in order to support progress and retention of key facts/skills;
  • building resilience and skills so that children can reason and problem solve in a range of contexts (including cross-curricular) and with increasing independence.

To see what is covered in each year group, click on the overview document below.

The calculation policy is also below, this outlines the methods we teach and how they progress as children move through school.