St Kentigern's

R.C Primary School

National Curriculum Maths


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 distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. Pupils should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

At St. Kentigern’s, mathematical knowledge and skills are embedded within maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We place a very high value on the acquisition and mastery of early mathematical skills and concepts. From their very first days in our school, pupils are counting and developing an understanding of numbers and one-to-one correspondence. We strive to ensure each child attains the highest academic achievement. The intent of our mathematics curriculum is to deliver a curriculum, which is accessible to all. We do not limit the attainment or aspirations regardless of home circumstances, academic or medical needs. We want all children to enjoy mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics.  We also ensure that children are able to recognise the importance of maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. We want to inspire the pupils of St. Kentigern's to explore how mathematics impacts a range of different careers.