St Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a Voluntary Academy




Here at St. Stephen’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery we have designed a Maths curriculum which is accessible to all and will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement.

We endeavour to deliver lessons that are creative and engaging. We want pupils to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.

We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

We want pupils to realise that mathematics has been developed over centuries; providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. We want them to know that it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

As our pupils progress, we intend for them to be able to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically, have 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 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.


At St. Stephen's we have changed our approach towards teaching Maths from 'blocking' out learning focuses to delivering a 'spiral curriculum' which aims to build on previous learning and help children to retain knew knowledge and for it to be embedded, but whilst also widening their understanding of Mathematical concepts.  



What is it and how is the curriculum delivered?

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With the consistent deliverance of Abacus Active Learn, we endeavour all children to have a good conceptual understanding of Maths, numerical fluency, problem-solving skill sets and mathematical competence and confidence.

Children will achieve this through our narrow spiral curriculum; where the secure teaching of place value, number facts, models and images, doubling and halving is reviewed but stretched often.

We aim to ensure that all children are able to master mathematical concepts - with the understanding that some children may master concepts at different rates and may need support in doing so.