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How we teach Mathematics at St Philip’s

At St Philip’s CE (A) Primary School, we want all of our children to leave Year 6 as confident, fluent and curious mathematicians who are able to apply their knowledge to a range of problems and experiences.

As part of our teaching of Mathematics, we focus on delivering a mastery approach, supporting all children in our school to take their mathematical knowledge deeper and to achieve their full potential. In order to do this, we embed the following approaches into our teaching:

  • The use of concrete manipulatives,
  • The ability to think deeply through reasoning and problem solving,
  • The use of diagrams, including the bar model, to support and prove understanding,
  • The ability to explain understanding through using mathematical vocabulary.

Our teaching follows a clear progression through the year groups, allowing the children to practise and build upon prior knowledge, as well as linking this to new skills acquired in that year group. By the end of Year 6, children should have a wealth of mathematical skills and knowledge to draw on, allowing them to access problems in depth and through their chosen method.


St Philip's Calculation Policy

Mathematics Glossary


Useful websites

TTRockStars – All children in KS2 have a personal log in to this site.



NRich ‘Wild Maths’ - fantastic for reasoning and problem solving challenges



Count On Maths – full of fun, interactive maths games for children to practise their numeracy skills



Woodland Maths Zone – lots of interactive activities for a range of abilities and ages



Crickweb KS2 Maths – lots of free online maths games for children in KS2; covers different areas of the Maths curriculum



Top Marks Games – maths games for all ages