St Herbert's RC Primary School

Mrs McManus

Maths Subject Leader

Maths Vision Statement

At St Herbert’s Primary School, we aim to develop in children;


·      A positive attitude to mathematics as an interesting and valuable subject

·      An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry, reasoning and problem solving

·      A range of learning strategies: working both cooperatively, collaboratively and independently

·      Confidence in mathematics where children can express ideas fluently and talk about the subject using mathematical language

·      An understanding of the importance of mathematics in everyday life


A Summary of the change to the Maths Curriculum September 2014


All children should become fluent in the fundamentals of maths through varied and frequent practice.

Children develop their conceptual understanding and the ability to recall facts and apply that knowledge rapidly and accurately.

Children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

Children will be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a range of problems. They will be able to break them down into smaller steps and persevere when seeking solutions.

The new curriculum is a mastery curriculum. The emphasis is on depth and challenge rather than accelerating through the content.

Children who grasp concepts quickly will be challenged through new, increasingly sophisticated problems.

The level of demand is greater for each year group.

Summary of the changes in each year group:

Mathematics in school

Maths is taught every day in Key Stages 1 and 2. The children have a daily Mathematics lesson which lasts approximately 1 hour.

In Key Stages 1 and 2 Mathematics is delivered through six areas:

·      Number System

·      Calculating

·      Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

·      Measurement

·      Geometry

·      Statistics (Y2-Y6) 

At St Herbert’s we follow a scheme called INSPIRE Maths.  INSPIRE is a whole-school primary maths programme that supports deeper thinking, in line with the higher expectations of the National Curriculum.

INSPIRE follows what we call the CPA approach to teaching maths.  This means that ALL new concepts are taught first, using CONCRETE resources (C), then using PICTORIAL representations (P), before finally moving on to the ABSTRACT form (A).


Below are some extracts from INSPIRE Maths guidance for parents:


Part whole models

These models help children to find all of the parts that make up a whole.

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Bar modelling

Bar Modelling is a strategy that the children will be taught to use from Year 2 onwards, to help them to solve problems.  It involves drawing a diagram to help to picture what the problem is asking you to do:


There are some bar modelling APPs that you can get to support your children at home:


Year Group Maths Parents Information Booklets.

Web Resources for Maths

Download the Mathletics iOS App for iPad

Download the Mathletics Android App 

Key Stage 1 Maths

Key Stage 2 Maths

Maths Word Problems Practice - View

Times Tables Practice - View

Interactive Maths Games - View

Hundreds of Maths Games suitable for Reception to Year 6 - View

Woodlands Maths Zone - View

Topmarks Maths - View

ICT Games - View